Middle East

Erdogan: No ransom paid for release of Turkish hostages held by ISIS

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu celebrates with the daughter of Turkey's Mosul Consul General Ozturk Yilmaz during a welcoming ceremony at Esenboga airport in Ankara September 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)

ISTANBUL: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that no ransom was paid for the release of Turkish hostages held by ISIS in Iraq and that it was a result of diplomatic and political negotiation.

Turkish intelligence agents brought 46 hostages seized by ISIS militants in northern Iraq back to Turkey Saturday after more than three months in captivity, in what Erdogan described as a covert rescue operation.

Erdogan also said he has discussed a buffer zone on the Syrian border with U.S. President Barack Obama and NATO allies at the NATO summit earlier this month.





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