Ankara, February 22, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Manolis Kostidis
Turkey evacuated the small pocket of land in Syrian soil that was guarded by 44 Turkish soldiers
The operation was completed early on Sunday morning
Forces of the Turkish Armed Forces invaded Syria in what was called operation “lightning” and evacuated the Turkish enclave located within Syrian territory.
Armed forces of the Islamic State were closing in on the enclave and were preparing to invade the pocket of land in the next few hours.
The pocket of land, which is the tomb of Suleyman Shah was guarded by about 44 men of the Turkish special forces and is about 60 km from the border with Turkey.
According to the announcement of the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, on midnight Saturday 60 M-60 battle tanks invaded the Syrian territory together with men of the special forces reaching the tomb of Suleyman Shah and with a quick operation evacuated all buildings and immediately left the region. The operation was concluded at 05:00 on Sunday.
Information indicates that a Turkish soldier was killed by “accident”. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the Turkish soldier was possibly killed by fire of the men of the Islamic State, but Ankara speaks of an “accident” to avoid an armed conflict.
Ahmet Davutoglu says the tomb and the Turkish flag with a second operation was transferred to the region ESME of Syria and is guarded by the Turkish armed forces.
The reaction of Damascus and Bashar Assad is expected, as the Turkish prime minister said that Ankara did not ask anyone for permission to invade and evacuate the Turkish enclave.
The tomb of Suleyman Shah is considered Turkish territory under the Treaty signed by the country with France in 1921, when Syria was under French rule.