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Turkish parliament extends mandate on troop deployment in Iraq, Syria
September 23, 2017 / 5:13 PM / 3 months ago

Turkish parliament extends mandate on troop deployment in Iraq, Syria

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey’s parliament voted on Saturday to extend by a year a mandate authorising the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria, two days before a planned independence referendum in northern Iraq’s Kurdish region.

Turkish Parliament convenes for an extraordinary meeting in Ankara, Turkey, September 23, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Turkey said earlier it would take security, political and economic steps in response to the referendum, which President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said was a “terrible mistake that will trigger new crises in the region”.

Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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