Turkey delaying Kurdish fighters from crossing into Kobani?

By REUTERS
October 27, 2014 17:03

A Syrian Kurdish official accused Turkey on Monday of stalling on an agreement to allow Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters to cross into Syria to help end the siege of the border town of Kobani.

Saleh Moslem, co-chair of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), told Reuters that the peshmerga have been ready to go into Kurdish-defended Kobani for three days.

"But we don't know what is going on between them and Turkey. The delay is because of Turkey," said Moslem, whose party's armed wing, the YPG, has been battling Islamic State militants in Kobani for a month.

Turkey has been reluctant to join the US-led coalition against Islamic State, an al-Qaida offshoot. But after pressure from its Western allies, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said last Wednesday that some peshmerga fighters from Iraq would be allowed to transit through Turkey to Kobani.

A Turkish official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the parties involved were still discussing details of the deal.





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