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Turkey in talks to free citizens kidnapped in Iraq

An image made available on the jihadist website Welayat Salahuddin on June 11, 2014 shows ISIL militants posing with the Jihadist flag after they allegedly seized an Iraqi army checkpoint in the northern Iraqi province of SalahuddinTurkey said Thursday it is holding talks to secure the release of dozens of its citizens kidnapped by Islamist militants in northern Iraq amid international calls for their release. “We are in touch with all the groups in Iraq including Kurds and Turkmens,” a government official told AFP, without giving further details. Militants from the jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) abducted 49 people from the Turkish consulate in Mosul, including the head of the mission, on Wednesday. ISIL also seized 31 Turkish truck drivers from a power station in the city on Tuesday, drawing a promise of harsh reprisals from Ankara if any are harmed.

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