Nato General Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called for the immediate release of Turkish diplomatic and security staff held by insurgents in the Iraq city of Mosul.
"We want to see all of the Turkish hostages released and we want to see them safe," Rasmussen said in a statement during a visit to Ankara, following a meeting with Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
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."