Extremists capture Turkish guards near Suleyman Shah’s shrine

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Shrine of Suleyman Shah. File photo

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – Islamic State’s (IS) extremists captured several Turkish soldiers who were guarding the shrine of Suleyman Shah near the River Euphrates (35 km south of Kobane city) near the Syrian Turkish borders.

The burial place of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of Osman I (founder of the Ottoman Empire) was attacked by IS militants on Tuesday at midnight. Turkey claims its sovereignty of the tomb according to 1921 agreement signed with France, when Syria was under the French mandate. Turkey by this agreement has the right to defend the mausoleum. So, several Turkish soldiers are guarding the shrine inside the Syrian Territory.

The Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Bulent Arinc, said that the IS militants are advancing towards the tomb of Suleyman Shah in northern Syria, without providing any additional details.

However, local activists reported that the group of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL) arrested a group of Turkish soldiers in the vicinity of the shrine.

Nasser Atta, programs producer in the American channel of ABC News, twitted that IS militants kidnapped Turkish soldiers near the shrine of Shah.

Turkish media sources confirmed the IS groups’ advancement towards the shrine, amid large mobilization of ranks by the Turkish army, as leaks spread about the possible intervention of Turkey in the northern territory of Syria.

The Turkish authorities are discussing the possibility of establishing a buffer zone in northern Syria to ward off the risk of the Islamic State from invading its territory, as well as securing the return of the displaced Syrian people to their land.

Noteworthy, several shrines sacred to Shiites and other sects in Syria and Iraq were bombed by IS militants in the last few months.

 

Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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