Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.2
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Terrorists will pay dearly for taking hostage of Turkish diplomats, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a meeting with the freed diplomats, TRT Haber channel reported Oct.2.
The release of Turkish diplomats is an indicator of Turkey's power, according to the Foreign Minister.
On the morning of September 20 Turkish citizens taken hostage in Iraq returned to their homeland. Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmet Davutoglu said that the health of repatriated citizens of Turkey is assessed as satisfactory.
In connection with the release of hostages in Iraq, Davutoglu urgently returned from Baku to Turkey. He had to participate in the events dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the signing of the "Contract of the Century" and the laying of the Southern Gas Corridor in Baku.
Some 49 Turkish embassy staff had been taken hostage by militants of the terrorist "Islamic state" group in the Iraqi city of Mosul June 19, 2014.
The 'Islamic State' was created in 2003 in Iraq. In 2004-2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
Following the start of military confrontation in Syria in 2013 between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country.
After this, the terrorist organization said it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared a holy war against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces.
Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces there.
In late June, the IS announced about the creation of the "Islamic Caliphate" on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria.
In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in combating the IS.