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Kerry confirms Turkey as member of anti-ISIS coalition

BEIRUT |, with agencies - September 24, 2014, 15h27
According to US Secretary of State John Kerry, Turkey will participate in anti-ISIS coalition.
US Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that Turkey had pledged to take part in the US-led coalition against ISIS after the release of 49 Turkish hostages.

Turkey has been accused repeatedly by Syria of encouraging the formation of ISIS.

"Turkey is very much part of this coalition, and Turkey will be very engaged on the frontlines of this effort," Kerry told a global counter-terrorism forum after meeting with Turkish officials, the Daily Star reported on Tuesday.

"Every single country here today is a critical part of an effort to address a global terrorist threat that is more diverse than ever before," Kerry said.

A group of 49 Turks, including Turkey's consul, children and special forces soldiers who were abducted by ISIS jihadists from Turkey's consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June, returned home Saturday after more than three months in captivity.

Citing security sources, the Hurriyet daily said that Syrian rebels released 50 members of ISIS, including the family of a key radical leader, in exchange for the release of Turkish hostages.

This is a U-turn, after Turkey’s refusal earlier this month to allow US anti-ISIS aircraft to use its bases to launch attacks on Iraq and Syria as reported by al Arabiya.
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