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New York Times Journalists Released From Libyan Captivity

Tyler Hicks, Lynsey Addario, Anthony Shadid, Stephen Farrell, Levent Sahinkaya
In this March 21, 2011 photo released by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from left to right, New York Times journalists Stephen Farrell, Tyler Hicks, Ambassdor Levent Sahinkaya, Lynsey Addario and Anthony Shadid pose at the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. The four New York Times journalists who had been held by Libya crossed into Tunisia on Monday after being released. (AP Photo/Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
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In this March 21, 2011 photo released by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from left to right, New York Times journalists Stephen Farrell, Tyler Hicks, Ambassdor Levent Sahinkaya, Lynsey Addario and Anthony Shadid pose at the Turkish Embassy in Tripoli, Libya. The four New York Times journalists who had been held by Libya crossed into Tunisia on Monday after being released. (AP Photo/Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

While bombs go off overhead and around Libya, good humanity and decency helped release the four New York Times journalists who were in Libyan captivity.

They were first reported missing last Tuesday, when the Times lost contact with the group.

The journalists are Anthony Shadid, Tyler Hicks, Lunsey Addario, and Stephen Farrell. Farrell had been captured in 2009 by the Taliban in Afghanistan and was later rescued by British commandos.

The four had entered into Libya through the Egyptian border. None had the visas that are required for their stay when they entered.

Forces loyal to besieged Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in Ajdabiya captured the group.

According to reports from the Times this morning, Turkey played a key role in getting the prisoners released.

Further tweets this morning from various journalists at the Times reported that the four were released into Tunisia, where they will meet with American officials.

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