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.

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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.

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