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Turkish goes to war in Iraq and Syria

THE LEVANT – Turkey’s parliament on Thursday gave the government the green light to deploy the Turkish armed forces to combat Islamist jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

In the 550 seat chamber, 298 deputies approved allowing the use of the armed forces in the neighbouring countries as well as for foreign forces to transit Turkish territory in operations against Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

But the requested mandate — which would last for one year — is very broad in scope and in no way commits Turkey to sending armed troops into Syria and Iraq.

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