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Turkish Workers Kidnapped In Iraq Released


Sixteen Turkish workers who had been kidnapped in Baghdad and held for nearly a month have been released and flown back home.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the workers were handed over to the Turkish ambassador in Iraq on September 30 and that they were all in good health.

He did not provide information on the circumstances of the release.

The men were among 18 employees of a Turkish construction firm abducted on September 2 in northern Baghdad.

Two of them were released in the southern city of Basra two weeks later.

A video from a previously unknown militant group showed the hostages, and demanded that Turkey halt the flow of militants into Iraq, cut the flow of oil from Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish region through Turkish territory, and order rebel forces to stop besieging Shi'ite villages in northern Syria.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP
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