In a move demonstrating its commitment to the US-led coalition against the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Turkish government has submitted a motion to Parliament asking for authorization to send Turkish troops abroad and allowing significant foreign troop deployments on Turkish territory for the first time.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto─člu’s government submitted a motion related to Iraq and Syria to Parliament late on Tuesday, most likely to minimize press coverage and long debates on the issue due to the sensitivity of allowing substantial foreign troop deployments in the country for the first time.

There had previously been separate motions related to Turkish troops entering Iraq and Syria, but they did not include mention of foreign troop deployments on Turkish territory. However, instead of renewing the authority granted in those two motions that is about to expire this month, the government merged them into a single motion. […]