Turkish parliament begins cross-border operation in Iraq, Syria

Ankara: Turkey’s parliament has ratified a proposal to extend authorization for the government to launch cross-border operations in northern Iraq and Syria for another two years.

The resolution passed on Tuesday would authorize cross-border operations in Iraq and Syria from October 30, 2021 to October 30, 2023, Xinhua news agency reported.

Previous cross-border offers were only for one year of duty.

The resolution also allowed the deployment of foreign armed forces in Turkey with the principles set by the President.

The Turkish military launched Operation Euphrates Shield in 2016, Operation Olive Branch in 2018, Operation Peace Spring in 2019 and Operation Spring Shield in northern Syria in 2020 to create an area freed from Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Turkey sees the YPG group as the Syrian branch of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Turkish forces frequently conduct ground operations, air strikes and artillery bombings against PKK positions in northern Iraq, particularly Mount Qandil, the group’s main base and troops stationed in the region.

The PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the European Union, has been rebelling against the Turkish government for more than 30 years.

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