World Bulletin/News Desk
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington that the U.S. would support the inclusion of Free Syrian Army fighters in the defense of Kobani, but said the U.S. would not facilitate the movement.
"I don’t think it’s for the United States to play a role there," she said. "I’m not quite clear on what Turkey’s role would be either, given we’re talking about movement within Syria. But certainly that’s a question you should ask the Turkish authorities."
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier on Friday that Syrian Kurdish militants have agreed to accept 1,300 Free Syrian Army troops in Kobani.
The troops, which have been fighting against the Syrian government, will join the fight against ISIL with forces from the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD.
Erdogan said, however, that the Syrian Kurdish fighters, who belong to the PYD, could change their minds in the future.
Erdogan also said peshmerga forces, Kurdish fighters from Iraq, would also be joining the fight to save the Syrian border town.
"The PYD previously approved the passage of some 200 peshmerga forces," he said. "However, we later learned that the number agreed has changed and now it is only 150 peshmerga soldiers."
Erdogan made his remarks during a joint press conference with his Estonian counterpart, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, in the Estonian capital of Talinn.
"We clearly said that our approach is very positive toward the Free Syrian Army's fighting in Syria," Erdogan said. "We always said that they were our first preference in Syria, and that the second preference is the peshmerga."
"Now they seem to have accepted some 1,300 troops from the Free Syrian Army," he said.
The Free Syrian Army confirmed the move, according to a written statement by the group's operating unit in Aleppo.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Ekim 2014, 11:31