Turkish soldiers launched an overnight raid into neighboring Syria, sending 600 ground forces backed by a combination of 100 tanks and armored vehicles crossing the border near the border town of Kobani. There were also drones and airplanes flew reconnaissance missions overhead as Davutoglu disclosed on Sunday today.
The mission, they claim, is for "saving Turkish soldiers" stuck for months at the tomb of the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, moving the crypt Sunday back to Turkey after ceremonially planting the country's crescent-and-star flag after destroying the complex where the tomb is located. ISIS who are Wahhabist are notorious for blowing up tombs and do not approve of elevating tombs above the ground or having folks visiting tombs.
But that is not the full scoop.
The military operation commenced as one group traveled to the tomb, some 22 miles from Turkey on the banks of the Euphrates River in Syria's embattled Aleppo province where the remains were, Davutoglu said while another group seized an area of Syrian territory only yards from the Turkish border in Syria's Ashma region, according to a statement from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office.
"Before the Turkish flag was lowered at (the tomb), the Turkish flag started to be waved at another location in Syria," Davutoglu said.
Turkey is not simply moving the remains of the Ottoman bones back home to Turkey where it belongs, the Turkish Prime Minister emphasized it is occupying Syrian territory to ensure what it termed a "security zone" on Syrian territory in the town of Ashma, which is only a few kilometers from Turkish border and technically invading Syria, as Shoebat.com continually predicted will happen, and is camped in Ashma which is Syrian, not Turkish territory, while even raising its flag there, declaring it Turkish soil in order to antagonize Syria to dare retaliate.
This is what makes this a major news piece.
In reply to the incident, Syria's official source at the Foreign Ministry denounced what it called a "blatant aggression" by Turkey saying that:
"Turkey is not here only to provide all forms of support and tools for ISIS gangs and other terrorist organizations linked to al-Qaeda, but at the dawn of day they traveled here to show aggression on Syrian territory."
The Syrians are absolutely correct.
It is for this reason that Syria announced the Turkish military incursion into Syria as "a military invasion of Syrian soil". That, plus, ISIS has never blown up Ottoman tombs and has always only returned Turkish hostages unharmed while executing all other nationalities. In fact, today, Turkey's ruling party has struck down a parliamentary motion to investigate ISIS's activities inside the country, a move likely to deepen allegations of Turkish support for ISIS, the Hurriyet Daily reported.
Turkey is using the tomb to invade Syria since the tomb is considered sovereign territory by Turkey. But this is abusing the 1921 treaty to protect an Ottoman shrine since the treaty does not include invading and laying claims to Syrian territory at the Ashma region. Turkey's intended aggression was caught when leaked recordings for a previously staged ISIS attack on the tomb by Turkey's top officials admitting the outcome was to invade Syria.
The U.S.-led coalition forces were informed of the Turkish operation after its launch to prevent any casualties, Davutoglu said.
U.S. officials offered no immediate comment on today's invasion, of course, since earlier this week, Turkey signed an agreement with the U.S. President Obama to train and arm Syrian, mostly Muslim Brotherhood rebels who are supposedly fighting ISIS.
That, plus, President Obama as it seems, is in full support of Erdogan's Ottoman plans. Shoebat.com, just yesterday before the invasion gave this view:
"It is these two, Syria and Egypt, that are necessary keys to complete the mission of an Ottoman conquest of the Middle East as to repeat the glory days of Selim I. Everything in both of Obama's and Erdogan's policies prove it. Just this week, Obama's aides declined to back Egypt's military operation against ISIS and instead Obama continues to work with Erdogan, his true partner, in training the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood of Syria."
"Such policies [by Obama] stem from a Muslim mindset, not Marxist or even an American apple pie. To go against secular governments like Egypt and Syria is something ingrained in Muslim Brotherhood psyche. The history to be repeated eschatologically is the pride of Erdogan when the Ottoman Sultan Selim I turned against Syria and Egypt, conquered them and ruled the Middle East."
And why is Obama, like Erdogan, aiding only Syrian rebels while both policies of Turkey and the U.S. exclude training the Kurds?
With its 750-mile border with Syria, Turkey could be a major player in the fight against ISIS, yet Turkey has done nothing insisting that the coalition needs also to target the Assad government.
Shah, a Turkic leader, is believed to have drowned in the Euphrates in the 13th century. His followers headed north into what is today Turkey, where they launched the Ottoman Empire. Some historians even question the official accounts of Shah's tomb, saying they might have been retrospectively concocted to enrich an imperial identity for Turks. Turkey has wanted Syrian President Bashar Assad overthrown and has backed some rebels, including aiding ISIS, fighting against him.
Shoebat.com predicts that the Obama Administration will do nothing to stop Turkey's incursion, which would mean that Obama supports ISIS, when it serves Turkey, while he hits ISIS, when it serves the claim that we have a "war on terror."
And now you know the rest of the story.
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