Turkey's Erdogan says relocation of tomb in Syria not a retreat

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  • Monday, 23 Feb 2015

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan addresses a news conference in Somalia's capital Mogadishu January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Feisal Omar

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday a military incursion into Syria to relocate a tomb considered sovereign Turkish territory was a temporary measure for security reasons and not a retreat.

"The Suleyman Shah tomb operation is not a retreat, it is a temporary move in order not to risk soldiers' lives," Erdogan said in a speech in the capital Ankara.

(Reporting by Asli Kandemir; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Alison Williams)

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