Istanbul, Turkey – The Turkish Prime Minister Ahmad Dawod Oglo announced on Saturday the release of the 49 Turkish hostages, including the general Turkish Consul, previously detained by the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) -al Qaeda offshoot- in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June 2013.
In a pre-planned operation, Turkish intelligence was responsible for receiving the hostages and transporting them to the Turkish city of Urfa.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan commented saying: “Last night had been the established time to initiate the operation as our hostages were liberated early that morning.”
An official statement issued by the Turkish Presidency office praised the role of the intelligence system in the “sensitive and sophisticated” planning for the operation that started three months ago.
According to observers, “Turkey’s hesitation” in being part of the International Coalition led by the U.S. against IS was due to the detention of its citizens by the latter.
Commenting on this incident, Kurdish writer Bachar Issa told ARA News: “When PKK’s leader Abdullah Ocalan was arrested, French President Mitterrand then said ‘I always ask my Kurdish friends to demand their rights peacefully, now I cannot’.
“Maybe we have to kidnap Americans, Turks and everyone who wants to get Kurds out of the political and humanitarian work, just like what others do to get what they want,” Issa sarcastically said.
Issa pointed out that it may be the right time for the Kurds to “get their rights by force.”
“Releasing the diplomatic hostages is IS’s reward to Turkey for not participating in the Coalition,” stated Marwan Edi, leader of the Kurdish Yekiti Party in Syria, to ARA News.
Edi asserted that Turkey and Qatar are IS strong supporters.
“Turkey facilitates the movement of the terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria,” Edi said. “That is why Turkey remained silent when IS attacked Mosul and Iraqi Kurdistan.”
Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser
Source: ARA News
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