Turkish cabinet seeks to extend mandate on Syria, Iraq
Motion submitted to parliament to extend mandate for military operations in Iraq and Syria

The Turkish cabinet on Friday submitted to parliament a motion to extend by a year the mandate to conduct military operations in Iraq and Syria.

The parliament had voted on Oct. 2, 2014 to authorize military action inSyria and Iraq to fight any group threatening the country, with the measure to be in effect for one year.

Friday's motion aims to extend the mandate by another year as of Oct. 2 "due to increased risks and threats against Turkey's national security along the southern land borders".

"Armed PKK [Kurdistan Workers' Party] terrorist elements continue their presence in northern Iraq. There is also a significant increase in the number of other terrorist elements in Syria and Iraq, as well as the threats they pose," the motion said.

Turkey will take all kinds of necessary measures against terrorist threats and security risks within the framework of international law, it added.

The current mandate allows military incursions into Syria and Iraq against a threat to Turkey and allows foreign forces to use Turkish territory for possible operations against the same threats including Daesh, and the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S., Turkey and EU.

The move follows President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's snap election call earlier Friday following the failure of coalition talks between the country’s parties.

"Turkey will hold new parliamentary elections -- probably on Nov. 1," Erdogan said.

In the event of a decision to hold new elections under Article 116, the council of ministers is to resign and the president will appoint a prime minister to form a provisional council of ministers.

A caretaker government is to be formed within five days of publication in the Official Gazette of the decision.

Last Modified: 2015-08-22 07:00:01
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