Turkey: Military mission in Syria meant to counter possible attack

By REUTERS
February 23, 2015 13:58

 
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ANKARA - A Turkish military operation to rescue 38 soldiers guarding a tomb in Syria surrounded by Islamic State fighters was launched to counter a possible attack on them, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Monday.

The Syrian government described the operation as an act of "flagrant aggression", a response dismissed by Kalin, who said the Syrian authorities had lost all legitimacy.

Kalin also said Turkey was working intensively with the British authorities to trace three London schoolgirls who traveled to Turkey last week and are believed to be making their way to Syria.

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