The Kurdish Parliament votes to send Peshmarga to Kobane
This decision welcomed by all the Kurdish political parties unanimously, and all the MPs stood up and applauded when the proposal approved.
Lawmakers in the Kurdistan Region voted in favor of sending forces to the besieged Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobane via Turkey, MPs said.
Kurdistan's President Massoud Barzani sent a letter to the Parliament seeking approval to deploy the Region's Peshmarga forces abroad to fight alongside the Kurdish fighters in Syrian in the fight against Islamic State.
"Today in the Parliament we agreed to send the Peshmarga forces to Kobane as soon as possible," MP Mahmoud Haji Omer said.
Two senior Kurdish officials said that preparations were underway to send a small number of Peshmarga to Kobane, but that it would take several days until the necessary arrangements were in place.
The Kurdish official Hemin Hawrami said on Twitter that the Peshmarga would go equipped with heavy weapons.
According to the Iraqi Constitution, Peshmarga forces are a part of the Iraqi defense system. However, they are not connected to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense. Peshmarga only act on the orders of President Barzani, spokesman of Iraqi Kurdistan Region's Peshmarga Ministry Jabbar Yavar said last week.
“This issue is not clarified between Baghdad and Erbil governments until now, but we believe that the new Iraqi government will resolve this problem,” he also said.
The Kurdish border-town of Kobane, which is under the control of the People’s Protection Units -- the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party -- has been the scene of fierce battles between Kurdish fighters and IS since midSeptember.
Ankara asks for a list of names
Ankara asked for the list of Peshmargas who will pass its territories and then enter Kobane, Turkish media reported.
The Kurdistan Regional Government has chosen carefully the Peshmargas to get to the conflict zone. Ankara asked Erbil for a complete list of Peshmargas who want to go to Kobane. Turkey stipulates that Peshmarga can leave the zone only when they agree to carry back the arms and particularly the vehicles, which they will bring along with themselves.
Ankara wants Peshmargas to leave Kobane as soon as possible after the operation ended and plans to set a three-month limit for the operation. Peshmargas will leave the conflict zone as soon as they control the situation and succeed in repulsing any attempts by the IS to enter the town. But if the operation takes a longer time and the IS targets other Kurdish regions, then their stay would be extended to 18 months. The KRG, de- pending on this prognosis, can increase the number of Peshmargas, the Turkish daily Yeni Safak reported.
Ankara will be informed about all Peshmargas' arms. Ankara has conveyed its concerns about arms falling into the hands of the PKK. And if there are former members of the PKK among the Peshmargas, they will not be allowed to pass through Turkey.
Kurdistan Parliament agreed to send the peshmerga forces to Kobani as soon as possible.