Militants seize Turkish consulate in Mosul

Islamist militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant have taken over the Turkish consulate in the northern Iraq city of Mosul.

Efforts are under way to ensure the safety of diplomatic staff, two Turkish government sources told Reuters.

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