FSA sends forces to help Kurdish fighters in Kobane

Free Syrian Army fighters shoot their weapons during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad around Handarat area Oct. 16, 2014.

Free Syrian Army fighters shoot their weapons during clashes with forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad around Handarat area Oct. 16, 2014.

Moderate Syrian opposition rebels known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Thursday said they were sending a force to the embattled northern Syrian city of Kobane to support Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) there.

There is an estimated 2,000 Kurdish fighters inside Kobane holding out against ISIS militants over the past several weeks. U.S. officials have said the Kurdish fighters appeared likely to maintain their positions indefinitely with the help of the U.S. air campaign.

Turkey said Thursday that it would allow 200 Iraqi Kurd Peshmerga fighters to cross into Kobane and join their brethren in the fight against ISIS.

The regional administration in northern Iraq and Syrian Kurdish group, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) “finally agreed according to information yesterday that 200 peshmerga would be going” to Kobane, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in the Latvian capital Riga.

There are an estimated 2,000 Kurdish fighters battling ISIS militants for control of Kobane.

Long at odds with Kurds fighting for their own homeland, Turkey said this week it would allow passage for Iraqi Kurd Peshmerga into Kobane.

 
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