150 Kurdish troops will join the first 10 Iraqi peshmerga fighters that recently entered the city of Kobani on Thursday. This marks the shift of control in the region from Islamic State troops to those that fight against it.
The border crossing process is slowed by the fact that ISIS fighters monitor the region and attack when hostiles are detected.
Mustafa Bali, Kobani based activist, declared:
“The first 10 are now with the People’s Protection Units and they include doctors and fighters and the rest are expected to enter in the coming hours at night.”
The rest of the forces are located in a facility located right next to Suruc, which is 12 kilometers from the Syria border. These troops have the mission of helping the Kurdish fighters located inside Kobani, with the purpose of stopping Islamic State militants attacks.
Mission success will depend on the weapons that they have and how effective the US-led coalition airstrikes are in the following days.
According to activists, there are around 1000 Syrian Kurdish fighters in the area and over 3000 jihadis located in Kobani. Civilians fled.
Bouthaina Shaaban, Syrian President’s political adviser, accused Turkey of having committed aggression against Syria by allowing the rebels to get to Kobani. He declared:
“I see that Turkey is continuing in its role of aggression against Syria and its very dangerous role in the region.”
It was suggested that Turkey is trying to revive its influence and that does not really care about saving Kurds.
During Wednesday, 50 Syrian rebels entered the city of Kobani through Turkey. They are members of the Free Syrian Army and had the purpose of helping Iraqi peshmerga fighters when they reach the city.
The Syria Kurdish fighters are still struggling to defend the city of Kobani, even with the dozens of airstrikes launched by the US-led coalition.
Over 800 people died in the conflicts during the ISIS assault against Kobani.