Barzani demands Turkey facilitate military support for Syrian Kurds

President Massoud Barzani

ARA News 

Urfa, Turkey – On Monday, after receiving an official request from the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, Massoud Barzani, the Turkish Foreign Minister Mawlood Jawishoglu said that Turkey will facilitate the transfer of Iraqi Peshmerga fighters to Kobane, where Kurdish fighters are defending the city against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL).

President Barzani stated several days ago to local media that there is no difference between Erbil and Kobane, adding: “Now more pressure has come on southern Kurdistan (Kurdistan Region of Iraq) because of our duties towards our brothers (in reference to Syria’s Kurds).”

The Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq (KRG) and its Minister of Peshmerga, Mustafa Sayid Qadir, are reportedly coordinating with the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) to facilitate the Peshmerga passage to Kobane and fight together against IS extremists.

Speaking to ARA News, Abdul Ilah Aujje, a member of the central committee of the Kurdish Yekiti Party in Syria, stated that the current coordination between the Peshmerga and the YPG followed a meeting between the Syrian Kurdish parties and officials of Iraqi Kurdistan in the city of Duhok.

“But the question that should be raised does Kobane need soldiers or weapons?” Aujje argued.

“We hope this will be the beginning of a new era among the Kurdish political and armed forces; an era in which they will be unified and fight together against the enemies of humanity (in reference to IS militants), Aujje said.

Noteworthy, the U.S. warplanes dropped arms and ammunition to the Kurdish fighters of the YPG in Kobane on Monday, after coordination with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).


Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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