US-led coalition destroys IS-occupied Turkish consulate

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Ankara, April 4 (IANS) The US-led coalition on Monday destroyed the Turkish consulate compound in Mosul in Iraq, which was occupied by the Islamist State (IS) since June 2014, said a statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

The compound, where high-level IS terrorists had resided, was targeted and destroyed in an air raid around 3.00 a.m. (local time) on Monday, said the statement.

“Turkey’s views and approval were taken at all stages concerning the preparation and execution of the said operation,” said the statement.

“Our country will continue fighting against Daesh (IS) in coordination and cooperation with the international coalition in the activities in which it has participated since the beginning,” the statement added.

In June 2014, IS militants seized the consulate and kidnapped 49 staff and family members, including the consul general.

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