Parliament July 2 voted to extend the mission of Turkey’s troops in Lebanon under the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission for one more year.

The General Assembly’s decision marks the eighth of such extensions for the participation of Turkey’s troops in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) since they initially approved the mission in September 2006. It will take effect starting September this year.

Having been established in 1978 in order to monitor the border between Lebanon and Israel, UNIFIL’s mission was extended and enlarged to include Lebanese troops after the 2006 war between the Jewish state and Hezbollah. […]