Turkey’s top general responds to insult by nationalist leader

February 24, 2015 5:27 PM

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"If the Süleyman Şah Tomb is a part of Turkish land then why did you surrender it," National Movement Party (MHP) chair Devlet Bahçeli publicly challenged Turkish Chief of General Staff Necdet Özel during a speech at his party’s weekly assembly on Tuesday. “How will you explain this to history, how will you explain this to your nation,” Bahçeli said, “did you cut class at the military academy the day they were covering the topic of the motherland, did you skip school that day?”

On Saturday Turkish forces entered Syria to evacuate Turkey’s only exclave, relocating the Süleyman Şah Tomb and Memorial Outpost and extracting the 38 soldiers stationed there.

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