Iraqi Kurdish leader thanks Turkey for Kobani support

The Kurdish regional government in Iraq has sent its peshmerga forces Wednesday through Turkey to combat ISIL militants in Kobani

Iraqi Kurdish leader thanks Turkey for Kobani support

The Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government’s prime minister has thanked Turkey for allowing peshmerga forces to enter Syria to combat ISIL militants in Kobani.

The Kurdish regional government in Iraq sent its peshmerga Wednesday to fight alongside the Kurdish groups in Kobani under a special arrangement with Turkey.

Peshmerga troops arrived early Wednesday in Turkey’s Sanliurfa province.

According to a statement in the KRG's website, Prime Minister Nechervan Barzani said on Wednesday: "I hope the peshmerga's departure will bring victory for Kobani."

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, launched an offensive in September to capture the strategic town, located only hundreds of meters away from the Turkish border.

Barzani also said that his government would continue to offer all kinds of support to Kobani, including military and humanitarian aid.

The peshmerga landed on a private plane at Turkey's GAP Airport from Erbil International Airport at 01.15 a.m. local time. They were stationed in Suruc town near the Syrian border, a provincial governor told reporters earlier on Wednesday. 

A separate truck convoy carrying their heavy weaponry also entered Turkey Wednesday via Habur border pass in the southeastern province of Sirnak. 

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Ekim 2014, 12:25

Muhammed Öylek

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