Ankara provided Kobani’s protection
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 27
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Ankara provided the necessary support in the fight against the terrorist organization "Islamic State", the head of the Kurdish administration in northern Iraq, Massoud Barzani said, the news agency Anadolu reported Jan. 27.
He said that thanks to the support of Ankara, the soldiers of Kurdish militias (Peshmerga) were able to defend the town of Kobani (Ayn Al-Arab) in Syria.
Barzani also noted that without Ankara's support the Kurdish militias would not be able to cross into Syria to protect Kobani from the militants of the "Islamic State".
The Kurdish militia fighters arrived at the border of Turkey and Syria on October 30, 2014 and entered the town of Kobani.
Earlier, it was reported that the Peshmerga managed to destroy the militants of the Islamic State in Kobani and take the town under control.
The terrorist organization "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 Al-Qaeda.
Following the start of military confrontation in Syria between the armed opposition and the government forces, the IS penetrated the country in 2013. 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.
In late June of 2014, the IS announced about the creation of an "Islamic Caliphate" on the territories under its control in Iraq and Syria. In turn, Iraqi authorities asked the international community for help in fighting the IS.
Edited by SI
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