Hero’s welcome for Syria-bound Kurdish fighters

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Middle East
Thursday, 30 October 2014

Iraqi Kurds receive a hero’s welcome in southeastern Turkey as they cross the country on their way to Syria, where they are to join their comrades fighting ISIL Takfiri terrorists.

Large crowds who had gathered in Sanliurfa, the capital of Turkey's Sanliurfa Province, chanted "long live Peshmerga" -- another name for the fighters -- as the soldiers walked through the city's streets.

There were similar scenes in the provincial town of Viransehir earlier on Wednesday.

The forces are expected to travel through the Mursitpinar border crossing into Kobani -- the Syrian town besieged by militants with the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group.

Just hours before, a separate group of peshmerga troops landed at Sanliurfa airport, some 90 kilometers (55 miles) from Kobani.

ISIL launched its offensive on Kobani and nearby Syrian villages in mid-September, killing more than 800 people. The militants have captured dozens of Kurdish villages around Kobani and control parts of the town. More than 200,000 people have fled across the border into Turkey.

Syrian Kurds had for long been appealing to fellow Kurds in Iraq to send reinforcements.

However, Turkey, widely believed to be the key ISIL supporter, would refuse to allow Kurds to cross the border and join them in defending the town. Ankara fears that Kobani could be taken over by Syrian Kurds allied to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a group that has been fighting for an autonomous Kurdish region in southeastern Turkey since the 1980s.

Ankara unexpectedly announced last week that it would allow the Peshmerga to enter Kobani through the Turkish border.

Turkey continues to block any delivery of military, medical or humanitarian assistance into Kobani, where the Takfiri terrorists are feared to be aiming at massive bloodletting.

Analysts say Ankara, having already won the US green light, plans to let the terrorists seize the Kurdish town of Kobani before sending tanks and troops to fight them in a bid to capture and possibly annex the Syrian territory.

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