Turkish parliament to extend military operation mandate

Turkish parliament is holding an extraordinary meeting on Thursday to discuss extending parliamentary motion regarding military operation mandate in Iraq and Syria

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

Updated Sep 3, 2015

The Turkish parliament will gather on Thursday in an extraordinary meeting to discuss extending the parliamentary motion regarding the military mandate to take action against militant groups in Iraq and Syria.

The meeting is considered to be the first gathering of Turkey’s 63th government, which has been formed as an interim government to hold an early election on Nov. 1.

The motion to offer a one-year extension to the current mandate was submitted by the former cabinet on August 21 following "increased risks and threats against Turkey's national security along the southern land borders.”

The current mandate which is set to expire on Oct. 2, allows military incursions into Syria and Iraq against any threats made against Turkey and allows foreign forces to use the Turkish territory for possible operations against similar threats, including threats against ISIS and PKK.

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

"Armed PKK 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," the current motion said.

Turkey will take all kinds of necessary measures against terror threats and security risks within the framework of international law, it added.

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 73 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.

Meanwhile, the Turkish media reported that a surprise support for the mandate is expected to come from the Republican People’s Party (CHP) that had voted "no" for the current mandate on October 2 2014.

According to reports, the CHP stated the reason behind their support as articles regarding the fight against ISIS which “had not been emphasised strongly last year.”

Besides CHP, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) are both expected to give their support to the mandate while the Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) is not considering to support the mandate.

Turkey’s parliament has been in summer recess since July 14 which is expected to end on October 1.

TRTWorld, AA