Peshmerga will not directly participate in Kobane fight: KRG


ARA News 

Hasakah, Syria – On Sunday, the spokesman of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Sevin Dazyi, said that the the Peshmerga forces, who are planning to head to the city of Kobane in northern Syria, “will not directly participate in the battles there”.

Dayzi said that the Peshmerga forces will not participate in combat operations directly, but will provide artillery support to the Syrian Kurdish fighters, who are battling the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in Kobane.

Official sources in the Kurdistan Region also confirmed to local media on Sunday that the Peshmerga forces are ready to move towards the city of Kobane through the Turkish territory, and they will enter as soon as the strategy is clarified and agreed to by the Turkish authorities and the Syrian Kurdish fighters in the city.

This coincided with the IS radicals attempt to seize control of the Kobane border crossing with the Turkish town of Murshid Pinar, after targeting the border crossing with artillery and mortar fire on Saturday evening.

Speaking to ARA News from the Turkish border crossing near Kobane, aid worker Barzan Khalil said that several mortar shells hit the crossing in an attempt by IS militants to force the Kurdish forces back into the city of Kobane and take over the northern side of the embattled city.

“If the IS terrorists take over the crossing, the Kurdish forces in Kobane will be besieged from four sides, and unfortunately the Turkish border police are not willing to do anything about this situation,” Khalil said. “They are already surrounding the city of Kobane from the east, south and west, and the northern side at the Turkish border is the only part where movement is possible to and from the city.”

According to observers, the IS militants are trying to take over the border gate with Turkey in order to block the roads which might be used by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces to reach Kobane in the coming days.

According to a press report on Sunday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated that 815 people were killed during the ongoing battles between the Islamic State and the Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in Kobane, which began more than a month ago.

According to the observatory, Kobane battles have so far claimed lives of 302 YPG fighters as well as 11 members of the rebel factions backing the YPG, while 481 IS militants were killed, and at least 21 civilians were reported dead in Kobane in a month.


Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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