Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (C) arrives for a meeting in Ankara on August 20, 2014. (AFP Photo/Adem Altan)
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The Turkish foreign ministry Thursday angrily denied a newspaper report that Ankara was in talks with Islamist militants to hand over a historic tomb it controls in Syria in exchange for dozens of nationals held hostage in Iraq.Under a treaty signed in the early 1920s, Turkey controls the Tomb of Suleyman Shah in northern Syria as a sovereign exclave and even has armed forces permanently stationed around the historic monument.The anti-government Taraf daily reported that ISIS has given Ankara three weeks to relinquish the Tomb of Suleyman Shah in exchange for the hostages.NATO member Turkey had said it would retaliate if the tomb came under attack.
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