Turkish Parliament ratifies motion on Syria and Iraq
Government receives support from Parliament to deploy troops to Syria and Iraq to fight any group threatening the country.

Turkish lawmakers Thursday authorized the government to deploy troops to Syria and Iraq to fight any group threatening the country.

The motion, submitted by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's Cabinet, received support from 298 members of the 550-seat Parliament, with 98 voting against. The governing AK party, the ruling Justice and Development Party, holds an overwhelming majority in the body, with 312 seats.

The motion will be in effect for one year.

The Nationalist Movement Party -- the third-largest party in the Parliament -- supported the motion. But the main opposition Republican People's Party and the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party voted against it.

In addition to threats to the country, the motion mentioned the threat to the Suleyman Shah tomb in Syria, where the grandfather of the Ottoman Empire’s founder is buried.

The tomb, a Turkish enclave guarded by Turkish troops, lies in territory largely controlled by the militant group called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

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Last Modified: 2014-10-04 07:01:59
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