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US hails Turkish vote allowing military move against ISIL

Iran Press TV

Fri Oct 3, 2014 10:14AM GMT

The United States has praised as "a very positive development" a Turkish parliament vote that authorizes the government to take military action against the ISIL terrorist organization.

On Thursday, the Turkish parliament overwhelmingly voted in favor of a motion that would allow Ankara to deploy forces to Iraq and Syria and launch attacks against ISIL. The legislation will be valid for one year.

Turkey had previously refused to join the US-led coalition against ISIL whose terrorists were initially trained by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the Syrian government. In June, ISIL sent its fighters into Iraq, quickly seizing vast expanse of land straddling the border between the two countries.

The US "will continue to consult with the Turkish government on the specifics of how the implementation of that authority would be carried out," US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said on Thursday.

US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki also welcomed the move, noting "numerous high-level discussions with Turkish officials to discuss how to advance our cooperation in countering the threat posed by [ISIL] in Iraq and Syria."

Hagel also said that Washington currently has no plan on implementing a "buffer zone" that would give Syrian refugees a humanitarian area. Ankara is pushing the US and its allies to create a safe haven for "refugees" inside Syrian territory.

Psaki said that Gen. John Allen, recently named (Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL) will travel to Turkey next week to hold talks with the country's leaders about the issue.

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011 with ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently controlling parts of it mostly in the east.

The Western powers and their regional allies -- especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey -- are reportedly supporting the militants operating inside Syria.

More than 191,000 people have been killed in over three years of fighting in the war-ravaged country, says the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), calling the figure a probable "underestimate of the real total number of people killed.

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