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OCT 19, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Abducted Turkish pilots freed in Lebanon in deal

Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency issued a bulletin Saturday announcing the pilots' release, without offering any other details. The Turks' release is part of a negotiated hostage deal that included the freeing of the kidnapped pilgrims, as well as dozens of women held in Syrian government jails. Residents of the mostly Shiite southern suburb of Beirut fired celebratory gunfire into the air, waved the Lebanese national flag and recited poetry in anticipation of seeing their loved ones. Assad has drawn support from Syria's ethnic and religious minorities, including Christians and ... Read More

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