Fighters of Iraqi peshmerga have begun entering the Syrian border town of Kobane where they were expected to join the battle against Islamic State and the Levante (ISIL) besieging the town, activists said.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Kobane-based activist Mustafa Bani said on Friday 10 vehicles carrying peshmerga fighters and their weapons had entered the town.They said the Iraqi Kurdish force entered from an area west of the town near the strategic Tel Shair hill.
The fighters left in a convoy Friday night while waving Kurdish flags and giving the victory sign.On October 22, legislatures in Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdish region authorised peshmerga forces to travel to neighbouring Syria and help fellow Kurds.
The peshmerga fighters arrived in Turkey on Tuesday and have been staying in a facility in the town of Suruc. Meanwhile in Paris, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday the international community is focusing too much on the battle over Kobane and called for strikes in other parts of Syria. Speaking at a news conference with French President Francois Hollande, Erdogan said, “We’re only talking about Kobane, a city on the Turkish border where there is almost no one left besides 2,000 fighters.”
“It’s difficult to understand this approach: why are coalition forces continually bombarding Kobane? Why don’t the coalition forces want to act in other zones?” Erdogan said.
Source : Agencies