Turkey Calls for Emergency NATO Meeting on Security Situation in Iraq

Meeting of NATO defense ministers, June 3, 2014From Reuters:  NATO ambassadors held an emergency meeting on Wednesday evening at Turkey’s request to discuss the situation in Iraq, where militants took 80 Turkish citizens hostage,a NATO official said.

Turkey briefed the other allies on the situation in (the Iraqi city of) Mosul and the hostage-taking of Turkish citizens, including the consul general,” the official said.

He said the meeting was held for information purposes and not under Article 4 of NATO’s founding treaty, which permits a NATO member to ask for consultations with allies when it feels its territorial integrity is threatened. . . .

Militants from an al Qaeda splinter group are holding 80 Turkish citizens seized in two separate incidents in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said.

From the Telegraph:  Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, has been speaking about the kidnap of 80 Turks in Iraq. . . .

“Any harm to our citizens and staff would be met with the harshest retaliation.”

He spoke in New York but has cancelled meetings at the UN to return to Turkey.

Image: Meeting of NATO defense ministers, June 3, 2014 (photo: NATO)