Turkey: Parliament extends military deployment in Iraq and Syria

The Turkish parliament overwhelmingly approved a bill to extend military operations in Iraq and Syria by one year, during an emergency session in Ankara on Saturday. The mandate had been due to run out on October 30. Deputies from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) joined ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party deputies in backing the... Еще motion, while opposition party People's Democratic Party (HDP) deputies voted it down. The approval comes two days before a Kurdish independence referendum on September 25, which Turkey, alongside Baghdad, Iran and the US, strongly opposes. Despite resistance, northern Iraq’s Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) has refused to cancel the vote. Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli warned that the referendum would bring dangerous consequences in an address to the emergency session, and that in the eyes of Ankara, all options were on the table regarding the vote.

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