Turkey files motion to parliament to fight ISIL

The newly-submitted motion, seeking parliamentary mandate for military action, cites the rising threats on southern borders as a motive.

Turkey files motion to parliament to fight ISIL

World Bulletin / News Desk

The motion on Iraq and Syria, submitted late Tuesday by the Turkish government to parliament late Tuesday, seeks to ward off possible attacks against Turkey by all terrorist groups in the two conflict-ridden countries of Iraq and Syria, said the Turkish Prime Ministry.

"There has been a serious increase of risks and threats along Turkey's southern land borders, threatening our national security, due to recent developments in the region," reads the justification for the motion, signed by Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

The Turkish government has submitted earlier on Tuesday an inclusive motion to parliament to expand authorization for the government and the armed forces to act against recent security threats from Iraq and Syria, as Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc announced following a Council of Ministers' meeting on Tuesday.

The motive for the motion specifically cites the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime and increasing security risks against Suleyman Sah Guard, a Turkish enclave, near Aleppo in Syria, guaranteed by a 1921 treaty inked with France. Therein lies the tomb of late 12th century Turkish leader Suleyman Sah.

"The terrorists elements of the armed [Kurdistan Worker's Party] PKK still exists in northern Iraq. On the other hand, the significant increase in the number of other terrorist elements in Syria and the threat posed by them in Iraq is also alarming," says the motion, referring to ISIL.

The ISIL, which seized vast territories, both in Syria and Iraq, since early June, has become a growing threat for the whole region, and recently along the Turkish border.

If ratified by the parliament, the motion will authorize the Turkish government to take immediate action against any group threatening the country.

The motion also includes a mandate for the government to send Turkish Armed Forces to foreign countries, for instance Iraq or Syria, if necessary. The motion is to last for a period of one year.

The Turkish parliament will discuss the motion, giving authority to the government and the armed forces to act accordingly to threats from Syria and Iraq, during a special session on Thursday.

Pro-Kurdish opposition leader calls for unity agaist ISIL

Selahattin Demirtas, the leader of pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party in Turkey, has called for unity in fighting ISIL.

"All people of Turkey should join hands today in order to succeed in stopping the ISIL threat," Demirtas said on Tuesday in a press conference in the Suruc district, in the southeastern Turkish province of Sanliurfa.

Following a visit to Kobani, also known as Ayn al-Arab, Demirtas added that the ISIL group was accelerating its progress in the region.

Demirtas praised those who had flocked from all corners of Turkey to help out during this crisis.

"There are Arab and Kurdish youth here [Suruc] who reveal a dignified stance in a bid to protect human dignity in Kobani," Demirtas said.

But he criticized the Turkish government for not supporting this resistance more openly.

ISIL militants, who otherwise control large parts of territory in Syria and Iraq, have been attacking the border town of Kobani from all directions, causing more than 160,000 people, mostly Syrian Kurds, to cross into Turkey in the past ten days.

 

More than 1.5 million refugees have fled the four-year-old civil war in Syria, into Turkey.

In addition to a humanitarian crisis on the border, fighting between ISIL and Kurdish Peshmerga around Kobani has caused pieces of artillery to fall on the Turkish side of the border.

Turkish tanks have taken up positions facing Syria after mortar rounds fell into Turkish territory, injuring three civilians on Sunday.

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