Government submits Iraq motion to extend authorization for troops
The ruling Justice and Development Party said the motion was necessary because of the threats posed by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s presence across the Iraqi border. DHA photoThe Turkish government has submitted a motion to Parliament with the aim of renewing last year’s authorization to send troops into Iraq.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) said the motion was necessary because of the threats posed by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party’s (PKK) presence across the Iraqi border. The motion submitted today is expected to be put to vote on Oct. 10.
“The open threat posed by PKK terror elements nestled in the northern region of Iraq against the serenity and safety of Turkish people and their country’s national unity, safety and territorial integrity is continuing and is also affected by recent developments in the region,” the motion read.
“With the aim of stopping the presence of PKK terrorists in Iraq’s north and their attacks against our country, [Turkey] is proceeding with its military activities successfully and continuing with its political and diplomatic initiatives and warnings,” the motion said.
If passed, the motion will come into effect on Oct. 17.