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Top Sh'iite Cleric Condemns Kidnapping of Turks in Iraq

The top Shi'ite cleric in Iraq on Saturday called for the release of 18 Turkish workers kidnapped in Baghdad last week, a day after a video released by a shadowy militant group showed the captives and threatened Ankara with the "most violent means'' if its demands are not met. The men, employed by Turkish construction company Nurol Insaat, were snatched up from a construction site in Baghdad's Shi'ite-dominated Sadr City on Sept. 2. An Iraqi national was kidnapped...

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