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Syria: Turkey and Iraq

syria: Turkish officials have repeatedly warned the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq to abandon its plans for independence, according to Toronto Star. Kurds are dispersed across Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran and lack a nation state. The decree allows Turkey to send troops over its southern border if developments in Iraq or Syria are seen as national security threats. Turkey itself has a large ethnic Kurdish population and is battling a Kurdish insurgency on its own territory that it calls separatist. It also emphasized the importance of Iraq and Syria's territorial integrity and said separatism based on ethnicity poses a threat to both Turkey and regional stability. The bill read in parliament Saturday listed combatting Kurdish militants in Syria and Iraq and Daesh as national security requirements for Turkey. ( As reported in the news.