Turkey extends mandate to attack Kurds in Iraq

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Posted: Oct 12, 2010 1:17 PM
Turkey extends mandate to attack Kurds in Iraq

Turkey's parliament has extended by a year the military's mandate to carry out operations against Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq after a closed-door debate about the fight against the separatist guerrillas.

The lawmakers voted 428-18 Tuesday to extend the mandate, which expires Sunday.

The extension is aimed at strengthening the military's fighting capacity, despite the government's efforts to end the conflict by granting more cultural rights to Kurds.

Turkey's military has repeatedly staged air and ground assaults against Kurdish rebel bases in northern Iraq.

The last major incursion was in February 2008.