World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey has denied reports that its base in Syria's Aleppo province has been surrounded by ISIL rebels who are preparing to attack it.
Rumors have been circulating the media that the ISIL had surrounded the base at the Suleiman Shah tomb and taken patrolling Turkish soldiers “hostage” since a story was posted in The Washington Post on Dec. 26, 2013.
However, according to Hurriyet Daily News, Turkish military sources denied the reports on Monday, calling them “untrue and baseless.”
Despite this, reports continue to circulate in the Turkish media claiming that 100 ISIL militants surrounded the base on Sunday, trapping 36 Turkish soldiers inside.
It is claimed that the ISIL are preparing to take them hostage, after Turkey increased its cooperation with the US-led coalition against the militants.
Situated in Aleppo, the tomb is the burial place of the grandfather of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire.
According to international agreements, the base is Turkish territory and is protected by Turkish soldiers.
In August, Turkey denied reports that it was surrendering the base for 49 Turkish hostages who were taken by ISIL rebels in Mosul in June and have since been released.
Also in March, the ISIL gave Turkish troops based on the tomb's territory three days to pull out, threatening to attack if they refused.
Turkey warned that an attack on the tomb would be an attack on Turkey itself and an attack on a NATO member country.Last Mod: 30 Eylül 2014, 12:12