Turkish troops enter Syria to relocate historic tomb

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ANKARA: Almost 600 Turkish troops pushed deep into Syria in an unprecedented incursion on Sunday (Monday in Manila), relocating a historic tomb and evacuating the soldiers guarding the monument after it was surrounded by Islamic State jihadists. The Damascus government, which no longer controls the area in Aleppo province but is at loggerheads with Ankara over the Syria conflict, lashed out at what it described as a “flagrant aggression” on Syrian territory. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the mission had succeeded, with the soldiers returning safely home and also salvaging the tomb containing the remains of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the Ottoman empire’s founder, Osman I.

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