The Turkish parliament voted in favor of a government resolution to renew a mandate allowing the military to conduct cross-border operations in neighboring Syria and Iraq.

Turkey’s interim government voted in favor of the mandate together with two opposition parties.

The mandate serves as a legal basis for Turkish airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the autonomy-seeking Kurdish militants belonging to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The present mandate runs out in October.  […]