Fresh Peshmerga unit arrives in Turkey to fight in Kobani
A fresh batch of Iraqi Peshmerga troops has arrived in Turkey's southeastern province of Sanliurfa to replace an existing unit in the Syrian town of Kobani, official sources said Tuesday, Anadolu Agency reported.
Turkey had allowed the passage of 150 Peshmerga fighters to enter Kobani through its borders on Oct. 29 to fight alongside Kurdish groups battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or the ISIL terrorists.
The new batch also consists of around 150 fighters, who were flown in a private plane from Iraq's Erbil International Airport to Turkey's Sanliurfa Airport Tuesday mid-afternoon.
The entire route of the convoy was closed to traffic when it passed through the province's main highway.
According to an AA reporter at the scene, the new unit is equipped with latest weapons and ammunition.
The Iraqi army and Peshmerga have been battling the ISIL in Iraq since mid-June, when the terrorists group took control of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. The militant group is said to be now in control of large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.