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Iraq’s KRG to send fresh Peshmerga fighters to Kobani


Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is planning to send a new batch of its Peshmerga fighters to the strategic Syrian town of Kobani to join the fight against ISIL Takfiri militants.

The new battalion, which would be the third group of Peshmerga soldiers dispatched to Kobani since October 2014, is expected to be sent anytime soon.

“Our Peshmerga fighters in Kobani are tired. We will send the third round of troops consisting of 156 new fighters,” KRG Secretary General of the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs Cabbar Yaver said on Monday.

Yaver added, “The third group of troops will travel to Kobani through Turkey.”

The first group of 150 Peshmerga fighters entered Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic, through Turkey on October 28, 2014.

The second batch passed through the districts of Silopi and Cizre in Turkey’s Sirnak Province, Nusaybin and Kiziltepe in Mardin Province, and Suruc in Sanliurfa Province, before arriving in Kobani on December 6.

According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Kurdish fighters battling the ISIL terrorists in Kobani now control 80 percent of the town.

The UK-based organization said on Monday that the fighters have taken control of the security and government districts of the town from the terrorists.

Kobani and its surroundings have been under attack since mid-September, with ISIL capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages and killing hundreds of people.

More than 200,000 people have reportedly been forced from their homes, crossing the border into Turkey.

Reports say over 1,000 people have been killed in the battle for Kobani, most of them terrorists.

ISIL controls some parts of Iraq and Syria. The terrorists are engaged in crimes against humanity in the areas under their control. They have terrorized and killed people of all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians.

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