In brief, the significance of Peshmarga forces heading to Kobane

In brief, the significance of Peshmarga forces heading to Kobane
29 Oct
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Kurdistan Peshmarga forces heading to Kobane pass through Turkey, greeted with Kurdistan flags by local Kurdish population in Turkey

Kurdistan Peshmarga forces heading to Kobane pass through Turkey, greeted with Kurdistan flags by local Kurdish population in Turkey

Kurds have helped each other in the past, so why is this troop movement so significant?

Briefly:

-Kurdish peshmarga troops from Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq crossed Iraqi border without the authorization from the Iraqi central government or parliament.

-The Kurdish peshmarga forces aim to enter the territory of another sovereign state, Syria.

-They will have to pass another sovereign state, Turkey to get to the besieged Kurdish city of Kobane.

-They are equipped with heavy weaponry, probably newly received from the allies, which will most likely be shared with local forces aligned with PKK, Turkey’s arch-enemy.

 

-The commander of the forces is not from the two ruling Kurdish parties in Iraq – KDP and PUK, rather it’s from Gorran holding the Peshmarga Ministry with no party-linked armed forces on the ground.

-And finally, the US factor: The Turks seems to have to come on board with the peshmargas passing through Turkey, possibly with tremendous pressure from the Americans, and European allies alike, engaged in a tense aerial bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in support of Kurds not only in Iraq, but also in Syria.  This could mean the blowing of wind of change in American policy corridors in favour of Kurdish bid for broad self-rule if not independence.

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