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Iran Press TV

Turkey mulls assistance as battle for Kobani rages on

Iran Press TV

Tue Oct 21, 2014 4:36PM GMT

Turkey is still hesitant over assistance to the Kurdish fighters as urban warfare rages on between Kurds and ISIL Takfiri terrorists in Syrian town of Kobani.

On Monday, Turkey announced that it would allow Kurdish forces from Iraq to cross into Syria to assist the fighters in the strategic border town.

"We are assisting Peshmerga forces to cross into Kobani," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, adding that further negotiations were under way on the issue.

The Turkish government, however, said on Tuesday that the Kurdish fighters are yet to join the battle against the ISIL terrorist group in the town.

"The Peshmerga have yet to cross from Turkey to Kobani and this issue is still being discussed," Cavusoglu told NTV television, without providing further details on the issue.

The ISIL militants have been engaged in operations attempting to cut off Kobani's access to the Turkish border.

The new round of battle for Kobani began after almost two days of relative calm, with only occasional skirmishes and airstrikes by the US-led coalition.

The Kurds also await promised reinforcements from the Iraqi government.

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 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 to Kobani, where the ISIL terrorists are feared to be aiming at massive bloodletting.

IA/HSN/SS



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