Turkey has re-installed an encrypted, long-range radio to its territory at the Süleyman Shah Tomb in Syria, despite the al-Assad regime’s objection in the past, military sources have told daily Hürriyet.
The historic tomb, which sits 25 kilometers from the border and remains under Turkish sovereignty under a 1921 treaty, hosts a military garrison that has recently been threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
A high-level military officer had visited the garrison before the civil war erupted in Syria and instructed a better radio system be installed. The old system was only able to communicate with the nearest military post on Turkey’s border with Syria, meaning the garrison was “offline” with its commanding headquarters in the Armored Brigade based in the southeastern Turkish province of Şanlıurfa. […]