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The Four New York Times Journalists Captured in Libya Have Been Released

Six days after being captured in Libya, the four missing New York Times journalists have been released. The journalists — Lynsey Addario, Anthony Shadid, Stephen Farrell, and Tyler Hicks — were released into the custody of Turkish diplomats Monday morning.

The first piece of good news surrounding the missing journalists came on March 17, when Saif Qaddafi told Christiane Amanpour on Nightline that the four journalists would be freed.

News of the actual release broke Monday morning over (how else?) Twitter, when Namik Tan, Turkey’s ambassador to the United States, tweeted that “the 4 @nytimes journalists are on their way to leave Libyan border and will be delivered to US officials.”

A Times spokesperson gave the following statement to Yahoo’s Cutline:

We are grateful that our journalists have been released, and we are working to reunite them with their families. We have been told they are in good health and are in the process of confirming that. We thank the Turkish, British, and U.S. governments for their assistance in the release. We also appreciate the efforts of those in the Libyan government who helped secure the release this morning.

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