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Turkey's decision to let peshmerga fighters to cross into Syria using Turkish soil to battle militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the Kurdish Syrian town of Kobani dominates the Turkish dailies Tuesday.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's announcement Monday that his country would help Iraqi Kurdish forces access Kobani, through Turkey, in order to help Kurdish militias fight ISIL -- a day after the U.S. conducted airdrops in the northern Syrian town to resupply the Kurdish militias.
"Corridor for Peshmerga" is the headline in the MILLIYET. The paper adds that the crossing of Kurdish forces into Kobani will be through Turkey's customs gates and under the control of Turkish Armed Forces.
The daily says only Kurdish peshmergas from North Iraq will be allowed through the country's borders, not the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as by the U.S. and the EU.
Democratic Union Party, or PYD, which Turkey accuses of being an offshoot of the PKK, will not get Turkey's support, either; "so long as it continues to pursue its goal of controlling a specific part of Syria," HABER TURK quotes Turkish FM Cavusoglu as saying.
YENI SAFAK claims that the number of peshmerga to cross into Kobani will be around 2,000 and they will cross in groups of 300 or 500.
A group of peshmerga have already crossed into Kobani across Turkish soil, HURRIYET claims, quoting Cavusoglu: "We never wanted Kobani to fall and we are trying to do our best to prevent it."
Groups may fly from Irbil, Iraq, to Turkey's Sanliurfa province and make an overland crossing into Kobani, according to CUMHURIYET which quotes Jabar Yawar, a spokesman with the Kurdistan regional government's peshmerga ministry.
The U.S. weapons, ammunition and medical airdrop for Kurdish fighters in Kobani is also covered.
According to HABER TURK, 14 tons of arms and 13 tons of medical supplies were delivered to Kobani in U.S. C-130 cargo planes. CUMHURIYET gives the total amount of U.S. supplies as 24 tons including both the arms and medical equipment.
"After 10 days of relentless efforts, 24 tons of arms and ammunition and 10 tons of medical aid have been delivered to People's Protection Units in Kobani at 2:35 am by three C-130 cargo jets from the U.S. Air Force," said Monday Lahur Jangi Talabani, director of the intelligence agency of the Kurdish regional government in Iraq's north.
Weapons dropped overnight would have a positive impact on the battle and the fighters' morale in Kobani, VATAN cites Redur Xelil, a spokesman for the Kurdish YPG group.
U.S. President Barack Obama informed his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of the United States’ intent to carry out the aerial resupply during a phone call Saturday night according to U.S. officials, SABAH reports.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Ekim 2014, 12:11