For years, as the civil war in Syria has raged on its border, Turkey has maintained a careful remove. As foreign soldiers made their way to fight on behalf of countless groups in Syria, the government sat on its hands. Even when ISIS and Kurdish fighters were engaged in a pitched battle just over the border in Kobani, the Turks studiously stuck to observation. During the past weekend, though, the Turkish army swung into action and sent troops into Syria. What inspired the sudden shift?
The Turkish operation, it turns out, was to rescue the tomb of Suleyman Shah. The tomb is a bizarre aberration, a piece of Middle Eastern history that ties the region and modern Turkey back to the dying days of the Ottoman Empire and, even further back, to the prehistory of the dynasty. And the miss...
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