ISTANBUL — Turkey aims to extend the state's authority to launch cross-border military operations in both northern Iraq and Syria for another year.
The Prime Minister of Turkey, Binali Yildirim from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) submitted a motion in the parliament on Friday, aiming to extend the Turkish military's ability to carry out cross-border operations in Iraq and Syria for another year.
According to the motion, Turkey attaches great importance to Iraq's national unity, stability and territorial integrity, Anadolu Agency reported.
It further states that the presence of both the Islamic State (IS) and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Iraq, poses a direct threat to not just Turkey, but also to the peace, stability and security of the entire region.
However, the parliament will hold an extraordinary session on Saturday to debate the possible extension, but the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Nationalists Movement Party (MHP) have already approved the motion on Friday.