Turkish parliament extends troop deployment in Iraq, Syria

Since 1950, the Turkish parliament has granted permission 76 times to deploy troops abroad. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has served in several countries including Korea, Cyprus, Palestine, Somalia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya and Azerbaijan.

Turkish parliament on Tuesday passed a bill to extend the Turkish military’s mandate to carry out cross-border operations in Iraq and Syria for two more years…

The bill saw approval from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), its junior coalition partner, far-right Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and the opposition centre-right Good Party (İYİP), while main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) [voted against] the legislation, it said.

Turkey’s left-wing Workers’ Party of Turkey (TİP), which has two deputies in parliament, also voted against the bill….

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