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From the Sky news article,
Arab TV station Al Jazeera said the terrorists had freed them "for the sake of Muslims in Turkey".
"We will return these men to a safe place after they vowed to end their support for the infidels (Americans).
"We also ask your foolish people to end their co-operation with the occupiers or we will execute them."
Because of the ambiguity of these statements I am not leaning towards a policy shift in the Turkish position with regards to terrorism. I am thinking behind the scenes the Turks may have gotten very tough in their communication of what action they would take in the case of beheading.