World Bulletin / News Desk
The Turkish government on Monday asked the parliament for the extension of a mandate authorizing the military to send troops into northern Iraq to hunt down PKK militants.
The Turkish parliament reconvenes today from summer recess, and it is scheduled to discuss next Thursday the motion that seeks a one-year extension of the mandate, which expires on October 17.
"PKK terrorists nestled in Iraq's northern region continue their attacks and they still pose an open threat against our country's national unity, security and territorial integrity," the motion said.
PKK is recognized as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, and it has recently stepped up attacks on Turkish security forces.
The militant group has been fighting an armed separatist movement for the past three decades which has claimed the lives of more than 30,000 people. It uses northern Iraq as a springboard for hit-and-run attacks inside Turkey.
Turkish military has launched more than two dozens of major offensives into northern Iraq so far, most recently in 2008.Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ekim 2012, 12:51