Peshmerga forces prepare for anti-IS battle in Kobane

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Turkey's Kurds salute Peshmerga forces before entering Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane to back kinsmen against IS extremists

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – The Kurdish forces of the Peshmerga are preparing to combat militant fighters of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) in the Syrian border city of Kobane.

Hours after entering the embattled Kurdish city, Iraqi Kurdistan’s Peshmerga started preparations to back Syrian kinsmen in the fight against the IS group – which has now besieged the city for more than 45 days.  

Kobane has become a focal point in the war against radicals of IS, after a month and a half of resistance by the male and female Kurdish fighters. 

“The arrival of the Peshmerga forces with their heavy weapons to Kobane was deemed a relief to the stranded fighters in the city,” one of the fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) told ARA News in Kobane. 

“The Syrian and Iraqi Kurdish forces are now united against the IS terrorists. We will defeat this radical group,” he said. 

Almost 150 Iraqi Peshmerga fighters left a heavily guarded Turkish military warehouse to join the battle, AFP reported.

Shoresh Hassan, a spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said the Peshmerga and the YPG are preparing a role for Iraqi Kurdish troops.

“The priority will be to recapture Kobane neighborhoods that were taken by Daesh (IS) and afterwards the goal is to liberate all villages in the countryside of Kobane,” Hassan said.

Airstrikes of the U.S.-led coalition against strongholds of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL) in Kobane claimed lives of at least 100 militants from the extremist group in the last two days, local sources reported. 

 

Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News 

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