The Australian Government strongly condemns the actions of the Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which has taken over substantial parts of Mosul and other areas of northwest Iraq.

We continue to support the actions of the Government of Iraq to combat global terrorism, including in Anbar and Ninawa provinces. The Australian Government has listed ISIL as a terrorist entity.

We express our deepest condolences for the loss of life in these attacks, and concern for the widespread displacement of Iraqis and damage to property. The Australian Government acknowledges the ongoing efforts of the Kurdistan Regional Government to extend humanitarian support to those displaced by ISIL aggression.

The Australian Government also condemns the attack by ISIL on the Turkish Consulate General in Mosul and the abduction of its staff, families and other Turkish citizens. We have conveyed our support through Turkey’s Ambassador, and join the international community in calling for their safety to be confirmed and their immediate release.

The Australian Government calls on Iraqi leaders to work closely together to present a unified national front to address the situation and to facilitate the provision of humanitarian assistance to affected communities.

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