Peshmerga to avoid direct conflict in Kobane

26/10/2014 (Al Arabiya – UAE): Iraqi Kurdish forces will not engage in direct combat in the Syrian town of Kobane but will provide artillery support to fellow Kurds fending off Islamic State militants there, Kurdistan Regional Government spokesman Safeen Dizayee told Reuters.The announcement comes as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of neighbouring Turkey said that the main Kurdish party in Syria – whose armed wing is defending Kobane on the ground with the aid of U.S. coalition-led airstrikes – “does not want” Kurdish Peshmerga fighters from Iraq to come to help it fight ISIS in Kobane.Erdogan told Turkish reporters aboard his presidential plane that the Syrian Kurdish party the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which has been leading the defence of Kobane, feared losing its influence in northern Syria when the Peshmerga arrive.




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