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ANKARA | Turkey’s parliament on Wednesday extended the government’s mandate to order military strikes against Kurdish rebels holed up in neighboring Iraq.
The vote comes as attacks by Kurdish rebels on civilians are piling pressure on the Turkish government, which has threatened to launch an incursion into northern Iraq by its land forces to root out rebel bases.
Lawmakers overwhelmingly voted a motion that gives Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan permission to order strategic strikes or large-scale incursions into Iraq for one more year.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey’s military strikes based on the fresh mandate would target the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) bases and logistics in northern Iraq, not Iraq or the Iraqi people.
“We have a strong will in the fight against terrorism,” Mr. Davutoglu told the assembly.
The current authorization expires on Oct. 17.
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