Baku, Azerbaijan, June 12
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
No one has the right to try the patience of Turkey and Ankara will by all means free its citizens captured in Iraq's Mosul city, Turkish TRT Haber TV channel quoted the country's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu as saying on June 12.
He underscored that Ankara will not allow Turkish citizens to suffer at the hands of militants of terrorist groups.
As previously reported, the militants of the terrorist organization known as the 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) have taken the control of Mosul, the second most populous city of Iraq.
The employees of Turkey's consulate in this city weren't able to leave on June 11.
Following this, the Turkish government said that the consulate was attacked and some 48 employees of the diplomatic mission have been taken hostages by the militants of the terrorist group.
The Turkish MP from the country's oppositional Nationalist Movement Party, Sinan Oghan claims that Turkey's consulate in Iraq's Mosul city has been captured on Ankara's order.
Oghan stated that the government of the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered the employees of the country's consulate to surrender to the terrorist groups.
The MP underscored that the opposition has evidence and there are documents to back it up, that will be published in the coming days.
The situation in northern Iraq sharply escalated last week, as nearly 60 people were killed as a result of numerous clashes between the Iraqi security forces and militants near the city of Mosul.
The 'Islamic state' has had control of the western part of Mosul for the last several days. It attacked and captured the governor's residence building on June 9.
Additionally, it was reported that the ISIL militants, who previously captured the cities of Mosul and Tikrit, also plan to seize Baghdad, the capital of Iraq.
Edited by CN