Syria’s Kobani turns into battleground for Kurdish militias
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.21
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
An armed confrontation has taken off in the Syrian town of Kobani, between the Syrian wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, Turkish Kanal7 TV channel reported on Oct.21.
The confrontation occurred following the distribution of weapons among the Kurdish militias in Kobani.
On Oct.20 US air force airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish militias in Kobani besieged by the terrorist organization known as the 'Islamic State'.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Oct.20 that Ankara has allowed the Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross to the Kobani city from Turkey's territory.
Head of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, Masoud Barzani earlier said that the new Peshmerga units will arrive in Kobani within 48 hours to protect the city from the 'Islamic State'.
The terrorist organization known as the 'Islamic State' (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) was created in 2003 in Iraq.
Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and consisted of 11 radical Islamist groups, which had close ties to the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.
Following the start of military confrontation in Syria in 2013 between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country. The organization said at the time it refuses to take the oath of Al-Qaeda and declared 'a holy war' against all groups in Iraq and Syria, as well as the Syrian government forces.
Strengthening of the IS in Syria allowed it to return to Iraq, starting military actions against government forces there.
In late June 2014, the IS announced about the creation of the "Islamic Caliphate" on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria.
In turn, the Iraqi authorities asked international community for help in fighting the IS.
Edited by SI