An Asian houbara bustard flies during a falconry competition in Hameem, west of Abu Dhabi, UAE 9 December 2014

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The Asian houbara bustard, present in Iraq, is very prized within the Arab Gulf states

A bunch of Qatari hunters – probably together with members of the ruling household – have been freed 16 months after being kidnapped in Iraq, officers say.

The Iraqi inside ministry mentioned “all 26” had been in Baghdad and can be handed over to a Qatari envoy.

The hunters had been kidnapped by gunmen in a desert space of Iraq close to the Saudi border in December 2015.

A large-scale search was launched however little or no info was identified about their whereabouts or situation.

Their launch is believed to be linked to a fancy deal in Syria involving the evacuation of 4 besieged cities. Nevertheless, the inside ministry wouldn’t present particulars.

The Shia Muslim political events which dominate the Iraqi authorities are extremely important of Qatar’s function in supporting Sunni Muslim rebels in Syria.

The searching get together is broadly believed to incorporate one or a number of extra distinguished members of the Qatari royal household, though they haven’t been recognized.

Iraq is considered one of a number of international locations frequented by Gulf Arab huntsmen and falconers as they seek for prey that both doesn’t exist in their very own international locations or which has been virtually hunted to extinction there.

Their favoured prey is the Asian houbara bustard, akin to a small turkey, and to seek out it and different related species Gulf hunters typically journey to Morocco, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.