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Iraq Militia Claims Kidnap of Turkish Workers, Lists Demands

  • Inscriptions shown in video suggest kidnappers are Shiite
  • Nurol Holding CEO confirms men being held are company staff
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An Iraqi militia group claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of 18 Turkish construction workers in Baghdad and listed demands for their release, including for Turkey to stop sending troops to Iraq.

The group, which appeared to be Shiite, also called for Turkey to “stop stealing oil” through Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region and to end sieges on Syrian villages with majority Shiite populations, according to a video posted on social media on Friday. Nurol Holding Chief Executive Officer Ugur Dogan confirmed the men being held in the video are company staff.