Situation in Iraq threatens whole region, Turkish minister says

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 23

By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

The capture of the Iraqi cities by militants, as well as the situation in Syria is a threat for the whole region, Turkish TRT TV channel quoted the country's Minister for EU Affairs, Mevlut Cavushoglu as saying.

He made the remarks at a meeting with Stefan Fule, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy.

The minister underscored that these events are the result of the fact that the policy pursued by the leaders of these countries concerned only certain sectors of society, but not all of its members.

On June 10, the militants of the 'Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant' group (ISIL), supported by the banned Iraqi Ba'ath Party [the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party], captured the administrative center of the Mosul in the northern Iraqi Province of Ninawa, a number of small settlements, as well as part of the Salah al Din Province, including its center - the city of Tikrit.

The ISIL militants took control over the Iraqi town of Tal Afar on June 16.

Reportedly, the city's military airport also came under the control of the militants on June 22.

Edited by CN

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