Thursday, October 30, 2014

First Iraqi-Kurd Peshmerga Reinforcements Enter Kobane To Fight Against The Islamic State

Iraqi Kurdish Forces Enter Syria To Fight Islamic State -- Reuters

(Reuters) - A first group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday to help push back Islamic State militants who have defied U.S. air strikes and threatened to massacre its Kurdish defenders.

Kobani, on the border with Turkey, has been encircled by the Sunni Muslim insurgents for more than 40 days. Weeks of U.S.-led air strikes have failed to break their stranglehold, and Kurds are hoping the arrival of the peshmerga will turn the tide.

The siege of Kobani - known in Arabic as Ayn al-Arab - has become a test of the U.S.-led coalition's ability to stop Islamic State's advance, and Washington has welcomed the peshmerga's deployment. It has intensified its air strikes in the past two days ahead of their arrival.

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First Iraqi Kurdish Fighters Arrive in Syrian City of Kobani to Battle Islamic State -- WSJ
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Peshmerga at Turkish border to reinforce besieged Kobane -- AFP
Peshmerga troops enter Kobane to fight ISIL -- Al Jazeera
Iraqi Kurds join fight to break Islamic State siege on Syrian town -- Washington Post
Peshmerga troops clash with ISIS in Syrian border town -- New York Daily News/AP
Syria IS: Iraqi Peshmerga fighters 'enter Kobane' -- BBC
As first peshmerga reinforcements enter of Kobane, their leader offers to send more men to help drive ISIS completely from battle-ravaged Syrian town -- Daily Mail

1 comment:

oldfatslow said...

Reports I saw were that
10 Peshmerga "soldiers"
crossed the Turkish border
into Kobane. A trickle
that the Turks will call
a flood. Politics is fun.