Turkish Parliament has approved a new motion to extend authorization one year more to carry out cross border operations in northern Iraq within the scope of struggling against terrorism, Anadolu Agency reported.
Prime ministry's motion has been approved by Justice and Development (AK) Party, Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), whereas the minor opposition Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) used dissentive vote against the motion.
The first motion for cross border operations in Iraq was approved by parliament on October 18, 2007 and has been extended since. Each motion, with different amendments, generally empowers the government over a one-year period to order military forces to cross into northern Iraq to pursue PKK terrorists.
In order for the mandate to take effect, a simple majority is required at the parliament.
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