Turkish Jouralists Released By Syria After Iran Intervenes, Wil Be Flown To Tehran Then Turkey
Two Turkish journalist have been released by Syrian authorities and flown to Iran after Iranian officials intervened with Syria. Reporter Adem Ozkose and cameraman Hamit Coskun were inside Syria reporting on the pro-democracy uprising when they were arrested by Syrian security forces.
Both have been flown to Tehran and will be on their way to Turkey soon said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
Turkey and Syria previously had good relations, but had to now rely on Iran to win the two journalists freedom. Iran and Syria are still close allies and Iran backs Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Syria has been engulfed in a civil war for over a year after pro-democracy demonstrators were met by a brutal government crackdown.
Peace efforts by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has resulted in mixed results at best. The UN estimates over 8,000 people have been killed, most of which are civilians.
The Arab League suspended Syrian membership in the regionally important organization and tried to implement a peace plan with international observers in the past, but that too failed.
Turkey is a founding member of NATO and is considered to have one of the strongest, most modern military forces in the region. It has also closed it embassy in Damascus and halted all flights along with mostly closing its border.