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Turkey Evacuates Historic Tomb In Syria As ISIS Fighters Approach

The tomb of Suleyman Shah, who died in 1236, is a symbol of national pride. Though located in Syria, it has long been under control of Turkey with an honor guard of Turkish soldiers.

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The tomb of Suleyman Shah, who was the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, is a symbol of Turkish national pride.

Although it is located across the border in Syria, it's long been under Turkish control.


On Saturday night, a Turkish convoy of 9 tanks and 57 armored vehicles — as well as several hundred soldiers — entered Kobani, Syria, the BBC reported. They removed the remains of Shah, evacuated the Turkish guards, and destroyed the mausoleum.

"The Tomb of Suleyman Shah and Memorial Outpost, which had been relocated twice in previous years, shall continue to wave the Turkish flag and keep the memory of our ancestors alive in accordance with international law and agreements," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a statement.

One Turkish soldier accidentally died in the operation, according to the government.

In return, the Syrian government in Damascus called Turkey's actions a violation of longstanding treaties.

Claudia Koerner is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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