Turkish Parliament extends military operation mandate

Turkish General Assembly extends military operation mandate in Syria, Iraq for one year in an extraordinary session on Thursday

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General Assembly held extraordinary session Thursday to discuss motion to extend military mandate in Iraq and Syria

Turkish General Assembly, on Thursday, extended the parliamentary motion regarding the military operation mandate in Iraq and Syria for a year, to take action against militants groups such as ISIS and PKK that “increase risks and threats against Turkey's national security along the southern borders.”

As expected, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), the Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) all voted "yes" for the mandate, while the Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) did not give their support.

The motion to offer a one-year extension to the current mandate was submitted by the former cabinet on August 21.

The mandate allows military incursions into Syria and Iraq against any threat to Turkey, and allows foreign forces to use Turkish territory for possible operations against similar threats, including the threats presented by ISIS and PKK.

Both ISIS and PKK are listed as a terrorist organisations by Turkey as well as NATO, the US and EU.

The assembly, met early in the day under the chairmanship of Parliamentary Deputy Speaker, Koray Aydin, for the first time after the establishment of an interim cabinet.

The meeting opened with an oath crisis, when opposition party members claimed independent ministers of the interim government were not truly "independent" according to the constitutional principles.

MHP which sees HDP as their "sworn-enemy" voted alongside CHP and HDP against independent ministers taking oath for office

Following the dissent in the meeting, parliamentary deputy speaker Aydin started an e-voting among the parliament members, which resulted in favour of independent ministers to take oath.

The move to extend the mandate came after escalated violence across Turkey, following the Suruc suicide bombing, that was allegedly carried out by ISIS and claimed 34 lives on July 20.

Since then at least 77 Turkish security officials and more than 15 civilians have been killed in terror attacks, mostly carried out by PKK while ISIS is responsible for killing two soldiers.

According to a recent statement by the Prime Minister's Office, Turkish police have arrested hundreds of people with suspected links to ISIS and PKK terrorist groups, detaining over 1,300 people across the country.

TRTWorld, AA