Islamic State: Turkey To Let Iraq Kurds Join Kobane Fight

Foreign minister says Iraqi Peshmerga forces will be ‘facilitated’ to cross Turkey’s border with Syria.

According to media report. Turkey will allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to traverse the Syrian border to fight Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobane, its foreign minister said.

“We are assisting peshmerga forces to cross into Kobane,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu revealed to reporters in Ankara on Monday, adding that discussion on the matter were currently being discussed but without giving additional information.

Islamic State: Turkey To Let Iraq Kurds Join Kobane Fight
Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Kobane, as seen from the Turkish village of Mursitpinar on October 19, 2014 (AFP Photo/Bulent Kilic)

The Turkish security forces have carried a long 30-year conflict with the Kurdish fighters of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), whose fighting for self rule has left 40,000 dead.

The government says they are linked to the PKK, which has fought a decades-long campaign for greater autonomy in Turkey and is viewed by Ankara as a terrorist organisation.

Even though there’s an agreement, Turkey will continue to block any PKK fighters from entering Syria, AFP news agency stated.

Only hours before Mr Cavusoglu’s official announcement, the United States government said it had carried out air drops of weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to the Syrian Kurdish fighters around Kobane.