A convoy of Turkish tanks entered Syrian territory to evacuate the tomb of the Ottoman Empire’s forefather and a small garrison guarding it. The military operation launched to rescue the holy place was coordinated with the Kurds.
The only casualty was a Turkish soldier. No details of his death have been given as the operation was classified, but there were no reports of engagement with extremist fighters.
The task force of approximately 100 military vehicles, including 39 tanks, crossed the Syrian border to a territory controlled by Kurdish Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) fighters and passed through the city of Kobani, recaptured by the YPG from the Islamic State in January.
The convoy headed to the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the father of the Ottoman Empire, Osman I. The mausoleum and a small territory of 6.3 hectares around it is situated on the Euphrates River some 35 kilometers from Kobani. According to a treaty signed in 1921, it’s part of Turkish territory permanently guarded by about 40 Turkish soldiers… see more