Turkey votes to extend mandate for military action in Syria, Iraq

Parliamentarians gather around Grand National Assembly Deputy Speaker Koray Aydin (C) to debate a one-year extension of a mandate for Turkish military operations in Iraq and Syria against threats to Turkey, September 3, 2015, in AnkaraTurkey’s parliament on Thursday voted to extend for another year a mandate that allows the military to combat Islamist jihadists and Kurdish militants in neighbouring Syria and Iraq, as the country battles its biggest ever security crisis. The parliament convened for an extraordinary session, during which the new members of the power-sharing government also took their oaths, to discuss the current mandate which expires on October 2. The mandate allows the use of the armed forces in neighbouring Syria and Iraq as well as for foreign forces to transit Turkish territory in operations against Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

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