Turkey extends troops deployment in Mali, CAR

By Muhammet Emin Avundukluoglu

ANKARA (AA) – The parliament on Tuesday approved a motion to extend the deployment of Turkish troops in Mali and the Central African Republic (CAR) for another year as the UN-approved EU peacekeeping mission.

The extension will be effective as of Oct. 31, 2018 for another year.

On Wednesday, the general assembly is scheduled to debate a motion to extend the government’s authority to launch cross-border military operations in Iraq and Syria for another year.

In September 2014, the 12,000-strong UN peacekeeping force Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) began their deployment in the troubled country.

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution in 2012 that authorized the deployment of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali, known as AFISMA.

In early 2013, France sent troops to the West African country and, with the help of Chadian and other African forces, flushed out militants from the country's key northern cities.