Turkish parliament approves mandate to send troops to Syria

October 3, 2013 18:34

ANKARA - Turkey's parliament voted on Thursday to extend by a year a mandate authorizing the deployment of troops to Syria if needed after the government said the possible use of chemical weapons by President Bashar Assad posed a threat to Turkey.

The motion, put forward by the ruling AK Party, which has a strong parliamentary majority, had been widely expected to pass despite stiff resistance from opposition parties. The current mandate is due to expire on Friday.

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