A Turkish convoy has carried “aid” into Syria, Prime MinisterRecep Tayyip Erdoğan said on April 23, responding to claims that Turkish forces have started an operation against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) near the tomb of Süleyman Shah, which sits 25 kilometers from the border and remains under Turkish sovereignty under a 1921 treaty.

“Right now, the issue is not about ISIL. The job of our convoy there is to transfer aid to the Süleyman Shah tomb. Our friends in charge are continuing the effort,” Erdoğan told journalists after hosting primary school students in Ankara for national Children’s Day.

Later during an official reception at Parliament, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the military activity is a “routine change of duty” for the security of the Turkish troops at the tomb, while Land Forces Commander General Hulusi Akar stressed that it is “a planned activity.” […]