New unit of Peshmerga to join Kobane fight: official


Kurdish forces of the Peshmerga. File photo

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – On Monday, a military commander of the Peshmerga forces in Iraqi Kurdistan said that a new unit of Peshmerga will head to the Kurdish city of Kobane in northern Syria. 

The commander told reporters in Erbil that the new unit of Peshmerga fighters is expected to enter Kobane in the coming few days in order to back forces defending Kobane against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).

The new unit of the Peshmerga expected to join the fight in Kobane will consist of 150 fighters, equipped with advanced weapons and ammunition, Kurdish military sources told ARA News. 

After departing from their headquarters in Erbil, the Peshmerga forces will pass the districts of Silopi and Cizre in the state of Şırnak in southern Turkey, then Nusaybin and Kızıltepe in the state of Mardin, and then to Suruc in the state of Şanlıurfa to cross the border to the Syrian city of Kobane.  

The Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga in Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Jabbar Yawir, announced Sunday that the Peshmerga forces fighting against the IS terrorists in Kobane are fatigued and will be replaced with new fighters.

The first unit of Peshmerga forces entered Kobane on October 28, coming from Iraqi Kurdistan through the Turkish territory, in order to help Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) repel IS attacks. 


Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser

Source: ARA News

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