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Turkey rescues soldiers trapped at Ottoman tomb in Syria
Turkey rescues soldiers trapped at Ottoman tomb in Syria

Turkish troops entered Syria in a bold overnight rescue operation, whisking back to Turkish soil some 40 soldiers trapped by Islamic State militants for eight months at a historic Ottoman tomb. Reconnaissance drones, dozens of tanks and several hundred ground troops were involved in the operation, which the Turkish military said it launched because the “conflict and state of chaos in Syria posed serious risks to the safety and security of the tomb.” No clashes took place during the operation, but one soldier was reported to have been accidentally killed. The circumstances of his death were not clear. “This was an extremely successful operation with no loss to our...

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