#Turkey extends military mandate in #Syria by one year

Turkey’s parliament approved a one-year extension to an existing mandate to deploy Turkish army personnel in Syria and Iraq.

Saturday’s proposed bill passed by a large majority with support from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), secular opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) – with only the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) voting against it.

The extension of the mandate – originally approved by parliament in October 2014 and first extended in September 2015 – permits Turkish military action against the Islamic State and other groups deemed by Ankara to be terrorists such as the Syrian Kurdish political group the Popular Protection Units (YPG) which has close relations with the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

See more: https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2016/10/2/turkey-extends-military-mandate-in-syria-by-one-year?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=sf