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Turkey evacuates diplomats from Basra, says Iraqi capital still safe
Turkey evacuates diplomats from Basra, says Iraqi capital still safe

The Turkish government on Tuesday evacuated its consulate in Basra, Iraq, and slapped a ban on media reporting about the 80 Turks seized by Islamic militants from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul nearly a week ago. In announcing the precautionary evacuation of diplomats from the southern Iraqi city to Kuwait, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said a 24-hour crisis center had been set up at Ankara's embassy to the north in Baghdad but that the Iraqi capital appeared to be safe from the extremists' incursions for the time being. Sunni Muslim extremists from the Al Qaeda splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, took 49 Turkish consular staff hostage in Mosul...

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