The Turkish government has called for an emergency Nato meeting on the security situation in Iraq, an official from the country's foreign ministry is reported to have said.
Some 80 Turkish nationals are reportedly amongst those being held by Islamist militant group ISIS in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, which has been captured by the insurgents.
The Foreign Secretary has been clear on the threat of Isis, but he has ruled out the prospect of any UK military involvement in the crisis.
Iraq’s foreign minister, Hoshyar Zebari, is a natural diplomat. Polite, immaculately dressed, and blessed with a great memory.
Isis has paraded military equipment in Mosul it captured from when the Iraqi army fled in what some see as a "nightmare scenario."