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Islamists in northern Iraq have kidnapped about 80 Turks, including a consul. The Erdogan government calls terrorists for the release of hostages, still puts them on diplomacy. But the military is on alert.

The advance of the terrorist group “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria” (Isis) in northern Iraq is an attack on Turkey the same. About 80 Turkish citizens were kidnapped in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul ingestion of Islamists, including 32 truck drivers who were on their way to a power plant in the city, and employees of the Turkish Consulate General. Also, the consul himself, Ozturk Yilmaz, is in the hands of terrorists.

The result of hastily convened emergency meetings in Ankara: Turkey waived for the time being on military intervention and demands of Isis an “immediate release” of the hostages. Also, the UN Security Council concurred with this requirement. Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu warned the terrorists in a speech in front of television cameras, the hostages harm you. “Any damage dealt to Turkish citizens is added, does not remain unanswered,” he threatened. Highest priority was the safe return of the hostages in Turkey.

A meeting of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Vice Besir Atalay and intelligence chief Hakan Fidan and another emergency meeting of President Abdullah Gül with Erdogan Atalay, Fidan and the Chief of General Staff Necdet Özel had wanted to convince the conclusion that firstly seeking a diplomatic solution and Isis to release the hostages.

Several Turkish media reported on Thursday that the government was in contact with the kidnapped diplomat. There go them well under the circumstances. About Twitter @ Dawla_NewsMedia widespread, account, which is attributed to Isis: “There were no Turks kidnapped They were taken to a safe place until the investigations are completed..”

Iraq Turkish Hostages:Emergency call to Ankara

Turkey's President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and officials meet at the Presidential Palace in Ankara
Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and officials meet at the Presidential Palace in Ankara

The staff of the consulate had apparently worked out a plan to escape on Wednesday when the Islamists were a few hundred meters outside the consulate building. In addition did General Yilmaz – before his posting to Mosul consultants Erdogan – arranged to destroy all secret documents. Then the terrorists had stormed the building, but it still managed to make an emergency call to Ankara and to inform the government that the consulate employees would “somewhere” brought.

At an emergency meeting of NATO Turkish Ambassador Fatih Ceylan informed the other Member States of the situation in Mosul. The meeting had only served to exchange information, it said a diplomatic source. Several NATO countries, including the United Kingdom presented, realized that they did not intend to send troops back to Iraq. We trust because the Iraqi armed forces.

The Turkish military is on alert. A deployment of troops currently seems unlikely, but the situation could change if the hostages not be freed soon or something is being done to them. The fact that Turkey would intervene militarily if need be, she has already made it clear in dealing with Syria.

In the spring of the Turkish air defenses had shot down a Syrian fighter jet in the border area. In addition, the armed forces are prepared for use in Syria. He shall, however, only “emergency” will take place, they say. We do not want to be drawn into a war with a neighboring country.

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