Turkey renews mandate for military operations in Syria, Iraq

Turkish lawmakers attend a debate at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, May 20, 2016. (Reuters)
Updated 03 October 2018

Turkey renews mandate for military operations in Syria, Iraq

  • The mandate approved allows Turkey to send troops over its southern border to battle Kurdish rebels
  • The vote comes as Erdogan has suggested Turkey could take steps to create “safe zones” across northern Syria

ANKARA: Turkey’s parliament has voted to extend by another year a mandate that allows the military to intervene in Iraq and Syria when faced with national security threats.
The mandate approved Wednesday allows Turkey to send troops over its southern border to battle Kurdish rebels, Daesh group militants and other groups that Turkey views as terrorists.
The vote comes as Erdogan has suggested Turkey could take steps to create “safe zones” across northern Syria, including in areas held by Kurdish fighters who are allied with the United States.
Turkey has previously used the mandate, which it has renewed every year since 2014, for cross-border operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, in northern Iraq and to clear IS militants and Syrian Kurdish militia from border areas inside Syria.


Erdogan: 10 million CoronaVac doses could reach Turkey by weekend

Updated 22 January 2021

Erdogan: 10 million CoronaVac doses could reach Turkey by weekend

  • Turkey has already received an initial consignment of three million doses

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday China had approved delivery of a second consignment of the CoronaVac vaccine, produced by Sinovac Biotech, and 10 million doses could arrive in Turkey by this weekend.
Turkey has already received an initial consignment of three million doses and has so far vaccinated 1.166 million people, mostly health workers and elderly people. Erdogan was speaking to reporters in Istanbul.