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Seven Hostages Released in Iraq, Three Killed

Seven Turkish hostages seized in Iraq this week were freed on Saturday, but a Lebanese and two Iraqi hostages abducted in a separate incident were killed, diplomats said. The Turks, employees of Turkish food services and construction firm Serkat Insaat, were kidnapped by gunmen in the restive town of Falluja on Monday. Dubai-based Al Arabiya television aired a videotape on Thursday showing what it said were four of the seven held by a group calling itself the Jihad Squadrons, an Iraqi Islamist group, which demanded that Turkish companies leave Iraq. “They have been released, they are in good health,” a Turkish diplomat in Baghdad told Reuters, adding that the seven former captives were on their way home to Turkey. Full Story

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