Iraqi Kurdistan provides military support to Syrian Kurds in Kobane

Kurdish fighters of the YPG in the vicinity of Kobane, raising the victory sign. File photo

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – Hamid Darbandi, the official advisor and manager of the Syrian crisis’ file in the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) stated that the Iraqi Kurdistan  has provided military assistance for Kurdish fighters in Kobane, northern Syria, who are defending the area against extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).

Darbandi also pointed out that Iraqi Kurdistan supported Syrian Kurds in almost all battles in Syria.

The media officer of the Kurdish Military Council in northeastern Syria, Alan Othman, asserted that a military support, including light weapons’ munitions and mortars, was allocated to Kobane by the KRG.

“However, it was difficult to be transport this aid through northeastern Syria as Turkey refused to open its border for the Kurdish military support,” Othman told ARA News.

“This assistance aims to help Kurds in fighting the IS terrorists in Kobane,” Othman said.

While Turkey still refuses to provide Kurdish fighters with military aid, the US-led international coalition carries out constant airstrikes on IS’ strongholds in Kobane and its back lines outside the city.

However, airstrikes did not hamper IS from proceeding towards the city.

In the meantime, the UN special envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, asked Turkey a few days ago to allow Kurdish volunteers to cross to Kobane in order to defend it and avoid any massacres in the event that IS gained control of the city.


Reporting by: Mohammad al-Shami

Source: ARA News

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