Syrian opposition considers Peshmerga participation in Kobane fight “violation of sovereignty”


Members of the Syrian National Coordination Body in a press conference. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – The National Coordinating Body NCB (the second main Syrian opposition body after the Syrian Coalition) which includes the Democratic Union Party (PYD), announced that the entry of the Peshmerga forces to Syria to support the Kurdish fighters defending the city of Kobane “means participation of a non-Syria forces in the conflict which violates sovereignty”. 

The NCB demanded, according to a league meeting earlier this month, the exit of all non-Syrian armed groups, the stop of any interference from outside which cause intensification of violence and the move to a political solution through Geneva 3 on the basis of the Geneva Declaration. 

About 150 fighters from the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq arrived on the 31st of October in the city of Kobane to support the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in its defense of the city against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).

The estimated number of fighters, according to media statements from officials in the Ministry of Peshmerga was 155 fighters with heavy weapons where half of them transferred by planes to Urfa airport and the other fighters through the ground with weapons, after the Turkish government allowed the use of its territory following talks with the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

The announcement by the NCB came in spite of statements made by the spokesman of the KRG, Sefin Dezia, regarding the sending of the Peshmerga to Kobane, which stated: “The Peshmerga forces will not participate in military operations directly, but will provide artillery support to the Syrian Kurdish fighters, who have faced the militants of the radical group for months.” 

The Iraqi Kurdistan’s Parliament agreed to send the Peshmerga fighters across Turkey to the city of Kobane after the blessing of President Massoud Barzani.


Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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