Turkish army chief visists newly relocated Suleyman Sah tomb in Syria

HATAY: Top Turkish military staff made a surprise visit on Thursday to Suleyman Sah, which was relocated in northern Syria after the Turkish military launched a sweeping operation to evacuate troops guarding the tomb in late February to Esme, several kilometers away from the Turkish border.

A statement from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) said Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Ozel visited the new location, the Suleyman Sah Saygi military outpost, for an inspection, along with commanders of ground forces and air forces, on March 26.

Last month, Turkish soldiers launched an overnight raid into Syria to evacuate dozens of besieged troops guarding the tomb of Suleyman Sah — the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire — to a new location, which is being referred to as Ashme and which is across the border from the Esmeler village in Sanliurfa’s Birecik district.