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Questions arise over how Turkey got Islamic State to release hostages
Questions arise over how Turkey got Islamic State to release hostages

Questions emerged Saturday over what, if anything, Turkey gave up in exchange for 49 mostly Turkish hostages who were released by Islamic State militants in Syria after being held for more than three months. The hostages, who were taken from a Turkish consulate in Mosul, were released after protracted negotiations between Islamic State and the Turkish intelligence agency, and Turkish officials said that no ransom was paid. That led to speculation about what other leverage the Turkish government might have used. The release was particularly significant in light of Turkey’s reluctance to join a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, also known as ISIS, perhaps because of concern...

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