Turkey evacuates Syria tomb troops

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Published: Sunday 22nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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Turkey has launched a military operation to evacuate troops guarding a tomb in Syria.

Turkey’s state-run TRT television broadcaster reported early today that the country launched the operation overnight to evacuate troops guarding an Ottoman tomb in Syria, just over the border near the town of Kobani.

Kobani was the focus of US airstrikes as Kurdish forces battled militants of the Islamic State (IS) group, who hold about a third of Iraq and neighbouring Syria in their self-declared caliphate.

Turkey stayed out of the battle at the time, which saw Kurds push out the extremists.

Some 40 Turkish troops guard the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of the Ottoman Empire’s founder. The tomb sits in Syria’s embattled Aleppo province and is considered Turkish territory.

Published: Sunday 22nd February 2015 by The News Editor

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