Sending of Kurdish military units from Iraq to Kobani postponed
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.27
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Sending of Kurdish armed units (Peshmerga) from Iraq to Syria to protect this country's Kobani city from the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State' has been postponed indefinitely, TRT Haber TV channel reported on Oct.27.
Moreover, the number of Peshmerga fighters to be sent from Iraq to Kobani has been reduced from 200 to 150.
On Oct.23, the parliament of the Kurdistan Regional Government in Northern Iraq approved the sending of Peshmerga units to Kobani city.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Oct.20 that Ankara has allowed the Iraqi Kurdish fighters to enter Kobani from Turkey's territory.
Turkish government has repeatedly stated that there are no civilians in Kobani any more and the city has turned into a battleground between the Syrian wing of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the militants of the 'Islamic State' which currently controls some parts of the city.
Reportedly, over 150,000 refugees from Kobani have fled to Turkey.
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.
Edited by SI