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Syrian rebels and eyewitnesses claimed that Turkey had allowed Islamist rebels to enter Syria for the Kasab offensive; the Erdogan government denied the claim. An Adana prosecutor who in January stopped and searched trucks on suspicion they were carrying weapons into Syria has been removed from his post and reassigned; two officers arrested in the same incident were released. About 280 police officers, including some in counterterrorism units, were reassigned in four provinces in the past two days. An official said Turkey now hosts over 900,000 Syrian refugees.
Authorities shut down YouTube after the airing of leaked audio in which the foreign minister, the intelligence head, and a top general are heard discussing possible military operations in Syria. Foreign Minister Davutoğlu said publicly yesterday that Turkey would take steps to protect its security, including an operation in Syria to protect the tomb of Süleyman Shah. In the unverified recording, an official says: "An operation against ISIL has international legitimacy. We will define it as al Qaeda .... When it comes to the Suleyman Shah tomb, it's about the protection of national soil." Two suspected ISIS (ISIL) members and two policemen were injured during a raid in Istanbul on March 25. An intelligence expert said that the Iran-backed Tawhid-Salam is the most dangerous terrorist group Turkey has faced.
The military said Syrian missile systems locked on to five Turkish jets patrolling the border. The military is on heightened alert after Turkish forces shot down a Syrian jet on March 23 that allegedly strayed into Turkish airspace. Syrian military forces are battling al Qaeda-linked rebels for border territory in Syria's Latakia province, and have accused Turkey of assisting the rebels. An Armenian group in the US called on President Obama to demand that Turkey stop facilitating attacks by al Qaeda-linked fighters in Kasab in Latakia.