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ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc says parliament will vote on a motion that would allow foreign forces to make incursions into Syria and Iraq from its territory to protect refugees and secure Turkey's border.
Parliament will renew mandates Thursday that allow Turkey's military to carry out operations in Syria and Iraq. Arinc said Tuesday the new permit would also allow the use of Turkey's territory by foreign troops.
The Islamic State group controls a large cross-border swath of those countries, in some parts right up to their borders with Turkey. Turkey has joined a coalition against the militants but has not said what role it intends to play.
The government has been pushing for the creation of a buffer zone in Syria, but has not elaborated on the details.