File - The Suleyman Shah tomb near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo is seen in this May 16, 2008. REUTERS/Salih Boztas/Zaman Daily via Cihan News Agency
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A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleiman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against ISIS.Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in March Turkey would retaliate against any attack on the tomb, 30 kilometers from the Turkish border, as ISIS tightened its grip on surrounding areas.ISIS and other Islamist groups, whose strict Salafi interpretation of Islam deems the veneration of tombs to be idolatrous, have destroyed several tombs and mosques in Syria.Other academics question how knowledgeable the average Turk is about the tomb's history and the extent to which an ISIS attack on it would spark popular support for a Turkish military intervention.
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