Erdoğan-Biden on call again, as Ankara sets up crisis desk on Iraq

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has discussed the growing insurgency in Iraq with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for the second time in three days, while Ankara established a crisis desk to inform the Turkish public daily about 80 Turks taken hostage by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in northern Iraq.

Government to inform public on Iraq crisis daily: FM Davutoğlu

The  government will establish a crisis desk to inform the Turkish public daily about the latest developments in Iraq, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said June 13 after a crisis coordination meeting at the Foreign Ministry.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have continued their advance in Iraq after seizing Mosul on June 9.

ANALYSIS: Ankara made wrong assessment regarding threat to Mosul consulate

Turkey’s Mosul consulate was late to evacuate the building because Turkish authorities had reportedly been in constant contact with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. Meanwhile, the delay in the release of the captured Turkish hostages arose from differences of opinion within the ISIL.

Turkey does not evacuate Baghdad embassy as ISIL moves on capital

As jihadist militants approach ever closer to the Iraqi capital Baghdad, Turkey has still yet to decide to evacuate its embassy in the city, an official has told Hürriyet Daily News, adding that the embassy staff were currently working to remove all Turkish nationals from Iraq.