Σελίδες

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Turkey parliament extends mandate for troops in Iraq, Syria by one year

Turkey's parliament on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a one-year extension of an existing mandate to use Turkish troops abroad in Syria and Iraq.

The mandate was first approved by parliament in October 2014 and was renewed for another year in September 2015.

It allows military action in Turkey's two southern neighbors against the Islamic State and other groups deemed by Ankara to be terror organisations.

Using the existing mandate, Turkey on August 24 launched an unprecedented operation inside Syria dubbed Euphrates Shield to back pro-Ankara rebels fighting IS jihadists and a Kurdish militia.

Ankara is also believed to have an unspecified number of troops in the Bashiqa camp outside IS-controlled Mosul in northern Iraq involved in training Iraqi fighters who plan to recapture the city.

The bill passed easily on the first day of the new session of parliament, securing support from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), secular opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).

Only the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) voted against.

The new mandate will run until October 30, 2017.
 [i24news.tv/AFP]
1/10/16

No comments:

Post a comment

Blog archive