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ISIL militant in controversial video released twice after detention

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One of the militants in an Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) video in which two alleged Turkish soldiers are burned to death was detained twice in three years but released in each instance by Turkish authorities, Turkish media reports said on Saturday.

A news agency linked to ISIL said on Nov. 29 that ISIL forces had taken two Turkish soldiers captive in Syria’s al-Bab. Photos and a video allegedly of the two soldiers were shared online on ISIL accounts later in which they are seen being burned to death.

The ISIL militant, named Hasan Aydın, who is seen in the controversial video, was detained by the Turkish police as part of an operation against al-Qaeda in Adana in 2012 and in another operation in Hatay in 2015 while trying to go to Syria but was later released.

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