Iraqi Militants Seize Control of Turkish Consulate in Mosul, Take Hostages

Iraqi federal policemen stand guard at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, June. 11, 2014. Iraqi federal policemen stand guard at a checkpoint in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, June. 11, 2014. Karim Kadim/AP

Islamist militants from the al-Qaeda splinter group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), who have been in control of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul since Monday night, have now seized the building housing the Turkish consulate. There are reportedly dozens of hostages. 

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called an emergency meeting to deal with the situation, and a source in the Turkish government told Reuters that "certain militant groups in Mosul have been directly contacted to ensure the safety of diplomatic staff." Still, it seems the siege was unexpected: 

Although, according to the Hurriet Daily News, Turkey had planned to discharge from the consulate, but was unable to deploy it before the event. Yesterday, ISIS militants captured at least 28 Turkish truck drivers in the city.

There are also reports that ISIS, armed with Iraqi money and equipment, have no seized the town of Tikrit, expanding their area of control.

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