Report: Turkey exchanged 180 Jihadists for hostages

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 6, 2014 16:56

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

80 Islamist jihadists were handed over to Islamic State in Iraq in exchange for 49 Turkish prisoners who were freed last month, according to the London-based Sunday Times.

Two Britons were among the fighters released by Turkey in the prisoner swap deal, according to the report.

49 hostages, including diplomats, soldiers, officers and their families, were abducted from Turkey’s Mosul consulate when Islamic State militants seized control of the Iraqi city in June.

Apart from the British men, identified by the Times as Shabazz Suleman, 18, and Hisham Folkard, 26, other Western militants were handed over to Islamic State, including three French citizens, two Swedish citizens, two Macedonians, one Swiss and one Belgian.

British counter-terrorism units were allegedly looking into the two men.

The newspaper said it obtained a list of fighters names that were traded for the Turkish nationals.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the time the release was part of a pre-planned operation by the nation's intelligence agency.


Related Content

Breaking news
August 19, 2018
Report: Iran says no OPEC member can take over its share of oil exports

By REUTERS