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Is the Islamic State holding Turkey hostage?

Prolonged hostage negotiations with the Islamic State are creating serious headaches for the Turkish leadership.
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan inspects the honour guard during a visit to Northern Cyprus September 1, 2014. Erdogan paid his first visit abroad as head of state to Northern Cyprus on Monday and said the window of opportunity will not remain open forever for a "two state solution" in the country. REUTERS/Andreas Manolis (CYPRUS - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR44JWG
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Nearly three months have elapsed since the Islamic State (IS) raided Turkey’s Mosul Consulate and took hostage 49 Turks, including Consul General Ozturk Yilmaz. The public, however, remains in the dark about what the government is doing to resolve the crisis, with many wondering if it is Turkey itself that has been taken hostage.

In addition to Yilmaz, 30 members of the Turkish Special Forces guarding the consulate at the time of the June 11 raid and 18 other consulate workers and their family members are being held.

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