ANKARA — Turkish workers kidnapped by gunmen in Iraq’s capital of Baghdad have been released, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Wednesday.

“Turkey’s Iraqi ambassador has just received our 16 workers that were derailed in Baghdad. I have talked to some of our workers on the phone,” the prime minister posted on his official Twitter account. (Turkey-Hostage-Release)
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DAMASCUS — Syrian airstrikes against rebel-held areas in country’s central province of Homs killed 15 people on Wednesday, a monitor group reported.
Women and children were among those killed by the strikes that targeted rebel-held areas in the countryside of Homs, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (Syria-Airstrike)
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RAMADI, Iraq — A total of 27 people were killed on Wednesday in clashes with Islamic State (IS) militants and U.S.-led coalition air strikes in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, a provincial security source said.
The deadliest incident occurred when the Iraqi security forces and allied militias were advancing toward the IS-seized provincial capital city of Ramadi, some 110 km west of Baghdad, as three suicide bombers detonated their explosive-borne vehicles into the troops’ convoys in al-Jereishi area in northeast of Ramadi, leaving 13 security members, including an officer, killed and many others wounded, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity. (Iraq-IS)
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DAMASCUS — The Russian warplanes started Wednesday its airstrikes against the rebels positions in the countryside of the Syrian provinces of Hama and Homs in central Syria and Latakia on the coast, a security source told Xinhua.
“The Russian and Syrian war jets started Wednesday striking the terrorist positions in the countryside of Hama, Homs and Latakia,” the source said on condition of anonymity. (Russia-Syria-Airstrike) Enditem


Source: Xinhua


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