Date of Peshmerga’s passage to Kobane ”confidential”: KRG


Kurdish soldiers of the Peshmerga. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – Jabar Yawar, the Secretary General of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Peshmerga denied reports about the passage of the Kurdish Peshmerga to the war-torn city of Kobane on Sunday, emphasizing that the passage of these forces will remain “confidential” out of strategic necessity.  

“Any news about the entrance of Peshmerga forces into Kobane on Sunday is incorrect. Such sensitive information will remain confidential for security and strategic reasons,” Jawhar said in an official statement on Saturday. 

Some media outlets reported that Kurdish Peshmerga forces would start their passage from northern Iraq to Kobani through Turkey on Sunday. 

“It is a military secret and we have not informed anybody of the date of passage,” Yawar said. 

The Turkish authorities have recently showed willingness to allow the Peshmerga forces to use its land in order to enter Kobane in northern Syria, following an official demand by Massoud Barzani, President of Iraqi Kurdistan.

The city of Kobane has been under attack by the Islamic State’s (IS/ISIS) militants for two months now, where Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) continuously defended the city.

After appeals by Syrian Kurds, the KRG made its decision to send special forces from the Peshmerga army to back their kinsmen against IS in Kobane. 


Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri

Source: ARA News

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