Mon, Oct 21, 2013 - Page 5 News List

Turkish pilots freed in hostage deal

BEIRUT TRIANGLE:The pilots were kidnapped as part of retaliatory kidnappings triggered by the kidnapping of nine Shiite pilgrims in Syria — who have also been freed

AP, BEIRUT

The kidnapping of the Shiite Lebanese pilgrims unleashed a wave of kidnappings by Shiite clansmen inside Lebanon, including the two Turkish pilots. The gunmen hoped to pressure Turkey to help release the pilgrims.

The deal appeared to be mostly mediated by the resource-rich Gulf state of Qatar, which has supported Syrian rebels in their battle against al-Assad.

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