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Turkish parliament renews mandate for military operations in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon

The Grand National Assembly (Parliament) of Turkey approved the government’s request for a two-year extension of the powers of the Republic’s Armed Forces to carry out cross-border anti-terrorist operations in Syria and Iraq.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Good Party (IYI Parti) supported the proposal, while the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Democratic People’s Party (HDP) voted against.

The bill, sent to parliament by the Cabinet of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, allows the Turkish military to conduct cross-border anti-terrorist operations in the northern regions of neighboring Iraq and Syria for another two years, until October 30, 2023.

The document says that the risks and threats posed by ongoing conflicts along Turkey’s southern land borders continue to grow.

“Turkey attaches great importance to the protection of the territorial integrity, national unity and stability of Iraq. However, the presence of terrorist organizations RKK and DEASH in Iraq poses a direct threat to regional peace, stability and security of our country, ”the draft law says.

The bill also points to the activities of the PKK / YPG terrorist organization in Syria.

With regard to the situation in the Syrian province of Idlib, it was noted that the peace and stability established as a result of the Astana process are still under threat of collapse.

In addition, at today’s meeting, the Turkish parliament extended the mandate for the participation of the military in the mission of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon.

. . .(HAS).