The freed hostages were later to be flown to Ankara to be reunited with their families. They were advised not to immediately talk to the news media.
After the Islamic State’s killings, who will give the community refuge?
According to the report, the dawn strike targeted a downtown prison that was being used by ISIS members as a religious court.
Officials say they are made to work for insurgents; Kurdish official talks of violence but can’t confirm.
Saturday’s blasts were the deadliest in the Iraqi capital since the Sunni insurgency erupted in Mosul.
US strongly condemns the terrorist group ISIL’s systematic persecution of ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq.
They have all been extremely positive and have assured assistance in the current situation, said sources.
The nurses said it was not safe to move along with the ISIS men to Mosul as there was the risk of attacks by the Iraqi military in transit.
Allied militants seized the crossing near the border town of Qaim.
Omar also said the situation in Iraq might have an effect on oil prices and thereby give rise to inflation here.
The return underscores the profound sectarianism cleaving Iraq and the anger that Sunnis have for al-Maliki’s government.
The mass departure began after fighters of the al-Qaeda breakaway group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, seized northern city of Mosul.
“They have surrounded the city. There are no entrances or exits left for people to flee,” said a Syrian activist in the region.
The colonel said he had spoken with one of the kidnappers, who said those held “are safe with us,” and will be moved to a “safer place”.
Hundreds of families fleed, either on foot or in vehicles with their belongings piled on the roofs.