The first group of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government forces, known as Peshmerga, has reportedly entered Syria’s northern city of Kobani to join the fight against the ISIL militants.
According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ten Peshmerga fighters entered the besieged town on Thursday through the border crossing with Turkey to help the Kurds there fight against the ISIL.
“Minutes ago, about 10 members of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces entered the town of Ayn al-Arab (the Arabic name for Kobani), through the border crossing between the town and Turkish territory,” the UK-based group said.
This was the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish fighters who are to be deployed to the embattled city. Reports say the rest will only gradually join their comrades because the border crossing has been targeted by the Takfiri group.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday night, the remaining convoys of Peshmerga fighters arrived at a storage facility close to the Turkish town of Suruc. According to reports, the facility is heavily guarded by the country’s forces.
Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with the ISIL militants capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages.
The ISIL advance in the region has forced tens of thousands of Syrian Kurds to flee into Turkey, which is a stone’s throw from Kobani.
Turkey continues to block any delivery of military, medical or humanitarian assistance into Kobani, where the ISIL terrorists are feared to be aiming at massive bloodletting.
Analysts say Ankara, having already won the US green light, plans to let the terrorists seize the Kurdish town of Kobani before sending tanks and troops to fight them in a bid to capture and possibly annex the Syrian territory.