Forget helping the Syrian freedom fighters, or aiding the Kurdish freedom fighters in Kobane or taking on Daesh during the day, the mighty Turkish army snuck across the Syrian border last night and drove through Kobane in order to rob a grave. That happened to be in the right of way of the proposed Arab gas pipeline through Syria.
ISIS, ISIL, Daesh let the Turks come and go – because the Turks told them in advance.
Sums up the Turks’ priorities and allegiances in the Syrian gas pipeline conflict.
Almost 600 Turkish soldiers crossed the border deep inside Syria overnight in a successful operation to rob a grave surrounded by Islamic State (IS) militants, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Sunday.
The Turkish troops, reportedly numbering around 40, were guarding the mausoleum complex of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the Ottoman empire’s founder, Osman I, which under a 1920s treaty is considered sovereign Turkish territory.
The tomb containing the remains was also successfully brought back to Turkey and Suleyman Shah will be reburied in a different pocket of Syria over which Turkey has also secured control, Davutoglu said.
One soldier was killed in an accident during the operation to relieve the guards at the tomb on the Euphrates River some 30 kilometers inside Syrian territory, the Turkish army said in a separate statement.
It said the soldier lost his life in the “initial stage” of the operation but emphasised there were no clashes during the mission, since Daesh was alerted of the operation to avoid a confrontation.
According to witness, the Turkish convoy passed through the city of Kobane, 35 kilometers from the tomb, retaken from IS by Kurdish fighters last month in a major blow to the militant group which has taken over large swathes of territory in both Syria and Iraq.
A leading figure in the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Polat Can, had tweeted Friday that Turkey had sought the group’s help in rescuing the soldiers but the claim was quickly denied by Turkey’s Interior Minister Efkan Ala.
The army said the decision to relieve the guards at the tomb was taken because of the worsening security situation in the area, part of Syria’s Aleppo province that is under the control of IS jihadists who have captured swathes of Iraq and Syria.
Turkish authorities denied press reports last week suggesting that one of the guards may have been kidnapped by IS.
Damascus dubs Turkish incursion ‘flagrant aggression’
Meanwhile, Syria said Sunday that an overnight incursion by Turkish troops to evacuate an historic tomb and the soldiers guarding it was a “flagrant aggression”, state news agency SANA said.
“Turkey is not satisfied with merely giving all kinds of support to its puppets Daesh (the Islamic State group), (Al-Qaeda affiliate) the Al-Nusra Front and other terrorist groups,” said a foreign ministry statement carried by the official SANA news agency.
“It even carried out… a flagrant aggression against Syrian territory.” By robbing a grave.
That happened to be in the right of way of the proposed Arab gas pipeline: