Turkish parliament extends mandate for incursions into Iraq
October 12, 2012 01:34
ANKARA - Turkey's parliament on Thursday renewed a mandate for another year allowing the government to send troops into northern Iraq in pursuit of Kurdish rebel fighters, despite objections from Baghdad.
The parliamentary motion permits the government to "send members of the Turkish armed forces, with the aim of doing away with the threat of terrorism and attacks, in cross-border operations in Iraq's northern region where the PKK has built its nest", the CNNTurk news channel cited the mandate as saying on its website.
The mandate was first passed in 2007 and has been extended every year since, permitting the army to conduct operations across the southeastern border against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), an armed separatist group with bases in northern Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.