Published October 10, 2013
ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey's parliament has extended for another year a mandate allowing the military to carry out operations against Kurdish rebels based in neighboring northern Iraq.
Legislators on Thursday voted for the measure at a time when talks aimed at ending nearly 30 years of fighting with the autonomy-seeking rebels appear increasingly fragile.
The rebels last month suspended their planned pullout of Turkish territory, accusing Turkey's government of not keeping promises for greater rights for Kurds. Kurdish legislators have said that a package of reforms unveiled by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan falls short of expectations.
Turkey has frequently struck targets in northern Iraq, where rebels of the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, have kept bases for attacks on Turkey.