Turkey allows Kurds to battle IS in Syria (UPDATE)
Details added (first version posted on 15:22)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 20
Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkey has provided an opportunity to Kurdish paramilitary groups from Iraq to enter the Syrian town of Kobani through its territory, the Anadolu agency cited the Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu as saying on Oct. 20.
The foreign minister said Turkey never wanted the establishment of control of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist organization in Kobani.
There are now 7 paramilitary groups in Kobani, Cavusoglu said, adding that they fight against the IS militants.
Kobani, a Syrian Kurdish town, earlier fell under control of the IS. Reportedly, over 100,000 refugees from Kobani fled to Turkey.
The Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIL or ISIS) terrorist organization was created in 2003 in Iraq. Between 2004 and 2006, the organization was led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and included 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 IS 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.