‘Our consul general faced great difficulty. Two or three times, [the ISIL militants] tried to force him to make a statement by putting a gun to his head. Despite being at gunpoint, he didn’t do anything they wanted,’ a freed hostage said
Forty-nine hostages held for months in Iraq were returned to Turkey on Saturday after what Turkey said was a covert operation led by its intelligence agency.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced Turkey’s 49 hostages held by jihadists for 101 days have been freed through an operation conducted by the country’s spy agency. Here are the live updates
The hostages, 46 Turks and three Iraqis, were seized on 11 June as Islamic State militants took control of swaths of Iraq and Syria
Eight crossing points opened to allow in people fleeing Islamic State fighters who have seized control of 60 villages near border