World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan crticized media coverage over the abduction of Turkish consulate staff in Iraq, at a speech in Black Sea city Trabzon on Sunday.
“I ask the print and visual media, for God’s sake, what do you want to achieve by your provocations while we are trying to safely liberate our one hundred citizens captured by the ISIL elements?" Erdogan said.
"I want to request you to watchout this situation without publishing any provocative materials because these provocations are creating negative rather than a positive effect on the other side (ISIL).”
Militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant seized northern Iraqi city Mosul in a shocking operation on Tuesday, which they followed up by advancing on other Iraqi cities and attempting to move towards the capital Baghdad.
The group seized large swathes of western Iraq’s Anbar Province in January, including much of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi, flashpoints of the US-led war in 2003.
They attacked the Turkish consulate on Wednesday, abducting 49 staff members who Turkey was unable to evacuate because local police and soldiers guarding the consulate were removed from duty by the local administration.
Turkey's Foreign Ministry concerned by violence in Iraq
Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on Sunday that Iraq has not taken the necessary security measures to combat ongoing violence affecting the country.
“The ongoing violence in Iraq is quickly spreading and has started to enter neighboring countries,” said a statement released by Turkey’s Foreign Ministry.
Iraq has seen a marked increase in sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims in recent months, which the Iraqi government blames on ISIL.
Turkish Airlines has scheduled flights from Iraqi capital Baghdad, as well as from the cities of Basra, Najaf, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah for Turkish citizens who are currently in the region and wish to leave.
ISIL attacked Turkmen city in northern Iraq
The ISIL attacked the Turkmen-populated city of Tal Afar in northern Iraq on Sunday, Turkey's Deputy Foreign Minister Naci Koru said.
"ISIL's attack was repelled but we lost several Turkmen brothers, unfortunately," Koru said at a press conference in Ankara. He added the city is very important for Turkey "because our Turkmen brothers live over there."
Koru also said there have been no developments regarding the Turkish consulate staff who were abducted by ISIL in northern Iraqi city Mosul last week but said: "There is not a problem about their health."
He underlined that there are no plans for a military operation with the United States and that they frequently discuss security issues with the U.S., other western nations and neighbors.Last Mod: 16 Haziran 2014, 09:46