Turkey's parliament on Saturday overwhelmingly approved an extension by one year of an existing mandate to use Turkish troops abroad in Syria and Iraq. The bill passed easily on the first day of the new session of parliament with support from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), secular opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).
Turkish lawmakers gave the government a green light Thursday to carry out military actions in neighboring Syria and Iraq, opening the way for Ankara to participate in the U.S.-led offensive against Islamic militants.
Turkey had declined to join the international coalition launching attacks against Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria. Today and by a large margin, the country's parliament approved military action.
Turkey on Wednesday shelled targets in Syria for a second day, in response to a mortar attack near their shared border that killed five Turkish civilians. The Turkish parliament also passed a resolution authorizing further military ...