Turkey: Troop Deployments To Iraq, Syria Approved

Turkey: Troop Deployments To Iraq, Syria Approved

October 2, 2014 | 1751 GMT

The Turkish parliament authorized the deployment of troops to Iraq and Syria on Oct. 2 to fight Islamic State militants and other jihadist groups. The decision expands upon a 2013 authorization that allowed Turkey’s armed forces to conduct cross-border operations into Syria and Iraq to attack the Syrian army and militant Kurdish forces if its national security were threatened. The motion was opposed by lawmakers from the opposition Republican People’s Party and Peoples’ Democratic Party. Ankara has worried that engaging the Islamic State would make Turkey a target for the militant group.