The Turkish Foreign Ministry confirmed that 16 Turkish nationals were kidnapped in Baghdad and said it was in constant contact with Iraqi authorities over the incident. It said that for security reasons it cannot reveal details on the workers or who employed them.
Turkey recently began launching airstrikes against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq and allowing US warplanes to use bases in southeastern Turkey to strike the Sunni extremist group.
Baghdad has been torn by violence for over a decade now, with roadside bombs, suicide attacks and assassinations occurring almost daily.


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