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AKP rejects motion to probe ISIS activities in Turkey: report

This ‘policy brings serious risks about Turkey’s national security,’ one critic says

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Turkey’s ruling AKP party has rejected a parliamentary motion calling for a probe into the activities of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Turkey, the country’s Hurriyet Daily reported on Sunday.

The daily quoted Nazmi Gür, a deputy from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) who forwarded the motion late Feb. 20, as saying that the rejection by the AKP was "a sign that the Turkish government still refrains from taking a clear position against ISIL," referring to an alternative acronym for the militant group.

The newspaper also quoted Refik Eryılma, a deputy in the main opposition Republican’s People Party, as saying that this “policy brings serious risks about Turkey’s national security."

AKP deputy Ramazan Can rejected the criticism about the parliamentary vote and stressed that Turkey labels ISIS as a terrorist organization and finds it unacceptable to link the group with Islam.