ISIS: Turkey to help peshmerga get to Kobane

Fighters in Syrian city call for humanitarian corridors

20 October, 16:55

    An explosion after an apparent US-led coalition airstrike on Kobane, Syria, seen from the Turkish  side of the border, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey An explosion after an apparent US-led coalition airstrike on Kobane, Syria, seen from the Turkish side of the border, near Suruc district, Sanliurfa, Turkey

    (ANSA-AFP) - ANKARA, OCTOBER 20 - Turkey said Monday it was assisting Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga to cross its border and join the battle against Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists for the Syrian town of Kobane.

    Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu added that discussions on the matter were continuing. ''We have no wish at all to see Kobane fall'' to the jihadists , he said. ''Turkey is conducting several initiatives to prevent it.'' Despite pressure from the US, Turkey has so far refused to intervene militarily to help the Kurds fight ISIS jihadists in Syria. Ankara has been involved in a low-intensity conflict against PKK Kurdish separatists for decades. The Kurdish militants being besieged by ISIS fighters in Kobane/Ayn Al-Arab in northern Syria have asked for the opening of ''security corridors'' inside Syria to connect Kobane with other Kurdish-majority areas in the northern part of the country. In an interview published on Monday by Al-Hayat, Kobane military commander Ocalan Isso called for two corridors to connect Kobane with Afrin, west of Aleppo, and with the Hasakah region. ''We have tens of thousands of men and heavy weaponry in Hasakah and Afrin. We only need to get them here,'' Isso told Al-Hayat in a telephone conversation from the operations in Kobane. ''We have asked Turkey to intervene to get these two corridors open,'' added Isso, reiterating that anti-regime rebels were also taking part in the defense of Kobane against ISIS jihadists. (ANSAmed).

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