Iraqi Kurdistan authorizes sending Peshmerga to Kobani

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Thursday, 23 October 2014

The parliament of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has agreed to send its Peshmerga fighters to the strategic Syrian town of Kobani to join the fight against ISIL Takfiri militants.

On Wednesday, the parliament of the semi-autonomous region voted to authorize sending Kurdish fighters to Kobani, known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic.

The first phase of Peshmerga deployment to Kobani is said to include a contingent of 200 Kurdish fighters and heavy weaponry.

"We're sending the Peshmerga, not to become YPG (People's Protection Units) but to fight alongside the YPG," Peshmerga spokesman, Halgurd Hekmat, said in Erbil on Wednesday, adding, "We will send the Peshmerga to do their job for as long as they're needed and to come back after that."

The senior Kurdish military figure further noted that there is still a lot of uncertainty on details.

The Iraqi Kurdish region’s decision to send fighters to Kobani comes two days after Turkey announced that it would allow Iraqi Kurdish forces to cross into Syria to join fellow fighters defending Kobani against ISIL terrorists.

Meanwhile, clashes continue between Kurds and ISIL members over the control of Kobani. Plumes of smoke could be seen rising above the strategic border town on Wednesday.

Huge blasts also rocked Kobani as suspected ISIL militant positions were reportedly targeted by US-led coalition warplanes.

Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with the ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages.

The ISIL advance in the region has forced tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds to flee into Turkey, which is a stone’s throw from Kobani.

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