Turkey enters Syria, evacuates historic tomb to protect it from ISIS

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BBC News - Turkey enters Syria to evacuate Suleyman Shah tomb

Hundreds of Turkish troops in armoured vehicles have entered northern Syria and evacuated a historic Ottoman tomb and the soldiers guarding it.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the remains of Suleyman Shah would be moved elsewhere in Syria.

He said troops had destroyed the tomb, apparently to prevent it from being used by Islamic State (IS) militants.

Turkey considers the shrine sovereign territory, but Syria condemned the incursion as "flagrant aggression".

Interestingly, they didn't bother to seek permission from Assad.

In a statement read out on state TV, Syria said Turkey had informed its Istanbul consulate about the operation, but had not awaited Syria's agreement.

He said the remains had been moved to Turkey but would soon be rehoused in an area of Syria under Turkish military control, closer to the Turkish border.

The Turkish flag had already been raised over the site, the PM said.

There were no clashes with IS during the operation, but one soldier died in an accident, he added.

The operation began on Saturday at about 21:00 local time (19:00 GMT) and ended on Sunday morning.

A large convoy, including 600 troops and about 100 tanks and armoured vehicles, passed through Kobane - the city which Syrian Kurdish fighters retook last month from IS - and travelled some 35km (20 miles) south to the tomb on the banks of the Euphrates river.
 
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I think it is good for Turkey to protect the tomb from ISIS distruction. It is avety important relic of hisyory and to salvage it for the future is good. However I can sense a strained relationship between Turkey and Syria. Turkey is known as the longest border of Syria. The two country have both grographic and historical ties with each other. However ties was damage started during the Hatay Annexation and further strained due to Syrian Civil war.
 

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Do you guys believe that turkey should involve itself in Syria? without them do you think that Syria would completely fall?
 
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I reckon it is a good idea and may improve the relations between the two countries and this may be a business deal that is all no friendly relations may be involved and will have to see how it works out. More countries will have to be ready to end the ISIS invasion and these two doing it may get more countries to see how real the threat is and how it is affecting people. Protecting the tomb will be important as it will show that the ISIS cannot get it and will need to show them that they cannot overtake countries by using brute force and slaying people and causing terror.
 
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