US concern over pressure on media in Turkey, US ambassador says

In the meeting, lasting for 45 minutes, CHP Deputy Chairman Faik Oztrak and deputy Ozturk Yılmaz, who previously served as Turkey’s Mosul Consul in Iraq and spent three months in captivity with 46 consulate personnel at the hands of the terrorist Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), were also attendees.

According to sources who wished to remain anonymous but talked to Today’s Zaman, Bass and Kılıcdaroglu also evaluated the issue of recent tension between Ankara and Moscow stemming from the downing of a Russian fighter jet for violating Turkish airspace. The other topic of conversation was the ongoing crises in Syria and Iraq.

Turkey recently deployed hundreds of forces to a camp in the Bashiqa region of northern Iraq, with the Turkish government calling it a routine rotation of forces to train Iraqis to retake Mosul from ISIL, who captured Iraq’s second-largest city in 2014. However, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said his country might turn to the UN Security Council if Turkish troops sent to northern Iraq were not withdrawn within 48 hours, stirring a crisis between the two countries.

As for Syria, the war-torn country is still suffering from the civil war and its collateral effects, such as huge refugee influx to Turkey’s and the EU.

In the meantime, the US Consulate in İstanbul said on Tuesday it had canceled consular services on Wednesday because of “information about a possible security threat” against the mission.