Kobane: Peshmerga and YPG discuss anti-ISIS strategy

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Peshmerga troops heading to Kobane through Turkey, as hundreds of Turkey's Kurds take to street to salute them, on 1 November, 2014. File photo

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – On Thursday, officers from the Peshmerga forces held a meeting with leaders of the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) in Kobane, military sources told ARA News.

During the meeting, the senior members of the Peshmerga army (who headed from Iraqi Kurdistan to Kobane) discussed with their Syrian peers the strategies of launching military operations against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).

“We expect a high degree of coordination between the Peshmerga and the YPG in order to launch effective operations and defeat IS terrorists,” the source said under the condition of anonymity.

Mohammad Arif, a doctor working in the field hospital in Kobane, also confirmed that Peshmerga leaders came from Suruc (southern Turkey) at dawn to coordinate with other Kurdish forces on how to defend Kobane against the IS group –which has had the city under attack for nearly a month and a half.

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, IRC aid worker Khalid Amid said: “According to our information, the Peshmerga forces have plans to establish field hospitals near the borders with Turkey.”

Meanwhile, some Kurdish fighters of the YPG in Kobane mentioned to ARA News that Abd al-Jabbar al-Okaidi, former head of the military council of Aleppo, alongside with other rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have joined the fight against IS group.

At least 200 Syrian rebels arrived in the embattled city of Kobane on Wednesday, carrying light rifles, mortars and heavy machine guns.

Al-Okaidi did not name the faction that sent the weapons, but said: “Today 200 is enough but we can send more if needed.”

Al-Okaidi said that a joint operation chamber had been established between the rebels and the Kurdish fighters in Kobane to combat IS group.

“FSA fighters entered the city amid intensive shelling by IS at the border crossing area where they joined the ranks of the Kurdish forces in the anti-IS war,” al-Okaidi said.

 

Reporting by: Jan Ali

Source: ARA News

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