Sectarian radicalism threatens the Middle East

Ankara’s fears have become true, and the Turkish Consulate General in Mosul was raided by invading militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) on June 11. The fate of 48 consulate personnel, including Consul General Öztürk Yılmaz, was not exactly known as the Hürriyet Daily News was going to press.

Turkey 'on alert' as NATO convenes on ISIL invasion in northern Iraq

The state of Turkey was "on alert" late June 11 after 80 Turkish citizens, including Consul General Öztürk Yılmaz, have been taken hostage by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, as Turkish authorities talked to their U.S. counterparts on phone and briefed their NATO allies at an emergency meeting.

Davutoğlu tweeted that precautions ‘had been taken’ before ISIL raid on consulate

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu announced via Twitter that Ankara was maintaining constant contact with its Mosul consulate and stressing that all necessary precautions had been taken, only a few hours after reports that the city had been seized by militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).

ISIL kidnaps Turkish consul, special forces, children in northern Iraqi hotspot

49 Turkish employees, including Turkey's consul general, have been kidnapped by the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Soldiers from Turkish Special Forces and children of diplomats are reportedly among the hostages

ISIL kidnaps Turkish consul, 24 others in Iraq: Police

Islamist militants seized the Turkish consulate in the Iraqi city of Mosul on June 11 and kidnapped the head of the diplomatic mission and 24 staff members, a police colonel said.

"ISIL members managed to kidnap the Turkish consul and 24 of his guards and assistants," the officer said, referring to powerful jihadist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), AFP reported.

Bulgaria to Open Trade Missions in 20 Countries by end-2014

Bulgaria will open trade missions in 20 countries by end-2014, according to a media statement of the government.

The new trade representations are to be opened in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, northern Iraq (Erbil), Algiers, Tunisia, Ghana, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Mongolia, US (Chicago), Hungary and Cyprus.