Ankara, 4th September: Turkey’s parliament voted to extend a mandate by a year authorizing the troops deployment to Syria and Iraq. A motionset to expire on Oct. 2, to introduce a one-year extension to the current mandate which is was submitted by the former cabinet on Aug. 21, citing increased risks and threats against Turkey’s national security along the southern land borders.
The NATO member opened its air bases to fighter jets in July and has since taken part in joint strikes for the first time on the extremist militant group in northern Syria, ending years of reluctance to take a front-line role.
As per sources a statement was made that the armed PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) terrorist elements continue their presence in northern Iraq. There is also a significant increase in the number of other terrorist elements in Syria and Iraq, as well as the threats they pose.