The Turkish foreign minister has said that his country will retaliate if any of its citizens and diplomats held by militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul are harmed.
The foreign minister said that a total of 80 Turkish nationals are currently being held by militants in Mosul after insurgents captured the city.
"Right now we are engaged in calm crisis management, considering our citizens' security. This should not be misunderstood. Any harm to our citizens and staff would be met with the harshest retaliation." Ahmet Davutoglu said.