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Turkey extends mandate for military operations in Syria, Iraq

The Turkish parliament’s extension of the mandate for another two years comes amid rising tensions between Turkey and the United States.

ANKARA — Turkey’s parliament voted on Tuesday to extend the mandate that allows its security forces to launch cross-border operations in Syria and Iraq for another two years.

The 600-seat Turkish parliament passed the mandate with 357 for and 164 against votes, which allows Turkey to send troops to Syria and northern Iraq.

The extension comes after Turkey’s large-scale air offensive in northern Syria this month targeting dominant Syrian Kurdish groups.

Erdogan’s ruling coalition largely voted for the bill with several opposition parties including the nationalist Good Party and liberal-leaning DEVA also announcing their support.

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