Iraqi forces retake Turkish consulate in Mosul after almost 3 years in ISIL hands

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Turkey's Prime minister Ahmet Davutoğlu (R) kisses the forehead of Turkey's Consul in Mosul Öztürk Yılmaz (L) as he welcomes on Sept. 20, 2014 at the Esenboğa Airport in Ankara dozens of other freed Turkish nationals hostages held by Islamist militants in northern Iraq for more than three months. AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN / AFP PHOTO / ADEM ALTAN

The Iraqi army has recaptured the Turkish Consulate General in Mosul more than two years after it fell to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) when the group overran Iraq’s second largest city, according to a report by the Kurdish news outlet Rudaw on Tuesday.

The consulate is located on Dur Al-Dhubat Caddesi next to Al-Shekban Mosque in western Mosul. It is between the al-Tayyaran district, recaptured on Feb. 26, and the fourth bridge of Mosul that came under the control of Iraqi forces this week.

When ISIL captured Mosul in June 2014 it seized the Turkish Consulate General, holding 46 Turks and three Iraqis hostage. All the hostages including then-Consul General Öztürk Yılmaz were released in September 2014. Yılmaz is currently a deputy from the Republican People’s Party (CHP).

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