Turkey vows to back its soldiers in Syria exclave

October 2, 2014 12:59 PM

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ISTANBUL: Turkey's top general on Thursday issued an unusual message of support for Turkish troops stationed at an exclave inside Syria at a "critical" period, saying the army would act if ever they needed help.

The small patch of land inside Syria around the tomb of Suleyman Shah -- the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman dynasty Osman I -- is considered Turkish territory under a 1920s treaty signed between the Turkish authorities and France, who at that time had a mandatev on Syria.

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