Turkey to extend Syria intervention mandate

The Turkish government is seeking to extend a mandate authorizing it to send troops into Syria if Turkey comes under chemical attack from its Arab neighbor. However, Syria has denied ever having used chemical weapons or having plans to use such weapons in the future. Damascus says the chemical attacks which took place inside Syria were actually carried out by foreign-backed insurgents fighting the army. The countries the Syrian Foreign Minister was referring to are Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United States and Turkey itself. Many believe that the intervention mandate is nothing but a pretext to pressure the Syrian government. Nevertheless, the Turkish government has been one of the most outspoken countries calling for a military strike on its neighbor Syria. This is while an opinion poll shows 72% of the Turkish people oppose any war on Syria. As the Turkish government presses ahead with what here call Ankara's wrong policy towards Syria, protests have flared up in the Turkish cities of Gaziantep, Izmir and Hatay. Large numbers of people took to the streets in the cities saying no to war and calling for the U-S to stop causing bloodshed throughout the region. The Turkish government mandate is expected to be renewed in the Turkish Parliament on Friday. But many analysts claim the decision to send troops to the border will only mean more bloodshed, especially given the recent U.S. reluctance on any offensive in Syria. Many believe the mandate is a indication that Turkey might end up doing their dirty work.

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