Forty-nine Turkish citizens from the consulate — staff members and their families — are being held hostage in Mosul, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Among the hostages are the consul general, Ozturk Yilmaz, diplomats, workers and special forces soldiers.
The consulate was raided by Iraqi militants that have been making sweeping territorial gains in northern and western Iraq in recent days, said New York Times in a report yesterday.
NCRI - On the anniversary of death of Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the clerical regime in Iran, Ali Khamenei, the regime's Supreme Leader, displayed his fear of the widespread social discontent and internal, regional and international campaigns by the Iranian Resistance against his regime's terrorism and fundamentalism. As it is a customary practice, the regime attributed them all to the United States.
Ali Khamenei remarks comes three days after the execution of political prisoner Gholamreza Khossravi of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), that raised public rage and abhorrence inside Iran.
The clerical regime hanged Gholamreza Khosravi of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), 49 years-old, in Gohardasht Priosn in the early hours of Sunday, June1, for supporting the PMOI and standing up to the despicable Velayat-e-faqih rule (the absolute rule of clergy).
The so-called Prosecutor's Office of the clerical regime this morning declared the slain PMOI activist Gholamreza Khosravi was charged with "Moharebeh (enmity against God), through active effort to pursue the goals of the PMOI", disseminating information "through medias affiliated to the PMOI", "providing financial contribution", and connecting "a number of people to PMOI organization".
The clerical regime Executed Gholamreza to avenge the prisoners of ward 350 of Evin Prison and other prisoners who are resisting in the prisons of the religious fascism ruling Iran and on the verge of June 20 (the beginning of the resistance against the regime in 1981). The mullahs henchmen and torturers considered Gholamreza as the key person in the protest and resistance of political prisoners in the Ward 350 of Evin Prison.
Gholamreza Khosravi was placed on the verge of execution on several occasions in the past but his execution was halted due to international protests and warnings and the regime's concerns regarding the reaction and the public opinion.
She was the fourth resident of Camp Liberty that passed away a short time after her transfer to Albania in a hospital in Tirana
Ms Razieh Kermanshahei, an official of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and a member of the National Council of Resistance (NCRI) that due to the six-year anti-human medical siege against camps Ashraf and Liberty was in dire physical condition, passed away on Tuesday, May 13, a few weeks after her transfer to Albania and undergoing a difficult surgery in a hospital in Tirana.
NCRI - The clerical regime ruling in Iran that has destroyed all Iranian people’s assets and country’s economic capacities, since this morning, increased the price of rationed gasoline by 75%, free-market gasoline by 50%, and diesel fuel by 66%. This anti-human measure will only ramp up inflation and prices and cause further poverty for the general population that according to the regime’s own declared standards are living under the poverty line.
The Iranian Resistance and Maryam Rajavi's ten-point plan for regime change is the only solution for the future of Iran, the European Parliament vice-president Dr Alejo Vidal-Quadras has told a conference in Brussels.
The seven Ashraf hostages must also be freed, United Nations observers and blue helmet troops stationed at Camp Liberty, and the The UN Security Council must request a full International Criminal Court probe into the Camp Ashraf massacre, he demanded.
In Tehran at 21:00, brave young people of Shahrak Gharb and Sa’adatabad clashed with the regime’s suppressive agents. Gunfire can be heard from the area.
In Tehran Pars district clashes broke out between youths and scores of state security forces. People closed off the streets in the area.