Iraq captors 'free Turk hostages'
Three Turkish men kidnapped by militants in Iraq last week have been released, say Turkish government officials.
The men were apparently held by a group linked to a man said to be al-Qaeda's Iraq chief - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
A masked man in a video aired by Arab TV al-Jazeera said the men were freed because Turkey's Muslims had protested against the US.
The kidnappers had earlier threatened to behead the men.
Tuesday, June 29, 2004
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