Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 7
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
The Turkish intelligence services know that the Islamic state (IS) terrorist organization militants plan to commit terrorist acts on the territory of the country, Kanal7 TV channel reported Oct. 7.
The IS militants began planning the terrorist attacks after the Turkish parliament allowed the armed forces of the country to participate in military operations in Iraq and Syria Oct. 2.
Previously, the Turkish parliament gave permission for the armed forces' participation in military operations abroad. Some 298 MPs, out of 396, voted for the mandate, while 98 voted against it.
The document was supported by Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), as well as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Earlier, the Republican People's Party (CHP) and the pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) stated that they would not support the document.
The terrorist organization known as the 'Islamic State' (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) was created in 2003 in Iraq. Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
Following the start of military confrontation in Syria in 2013 between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country. IS said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared 'a holy war' against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces.
Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, deploying military actions against government forces there.
In late June of 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the 'Islamic Caliphate' on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.