Baku, Azerbaijan, June 25
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Some 80 Turkish citizens are held hostage by the militants of the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, according to TRT Haber TV channel.
Erdogan said Ankara is doing everything possible to liberate the country's citizens.
The PM also said that the country's opposition demands from the government a sharper response to the ISIL militants, but it is necessary not to forget that Turkish citizens are held hostage by the militants.
On June 10, the militants of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL a.k.a ISIS), supported by the banned Iraqi Ba'ath Party [the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party], seized the administrative center of the city of 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.
The city's military airport also came under the control of the ISIL militants on June 22.
Edited by CN