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Iraqi peshmerga, heavy weaponry arrive in Turkey

A group of Peshmerga fighters and their heavy weapons have arrived in Turkey to enter Syria to combat ISIL militants in Kobani.

Iraqi peshmerga, heavy weaponry arrive in Turkey


A group of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces have arrived at Turkish Sanliurfa province who will travel onwards to the Syrian town of Kobani, an AA correspondent at the scene confirmed early Wednesday.

A separate truck convoy carrying the peshmerga's heavy weaponry also entered Turkey via Habur border pass in the southeastern province of Sirnak. 

The convoy escorted by Turkish police and gendarmerie teams was headed to Sanliurfa where they are expected to crossover into Kobani to join fighters battling the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, since mid-September. 

A private plane carrying Peshmerga forces landed at Turkey's GAP Airport from Erbil International Airport at 01.15 a.m, local time.

The Kurdish regional government in Iraq has sent its forces to fight alongside the Kurdish groups in Kobani under a special arrangement with Turkey.

"All preparations are complete and the peshmerga will leave as soon as possible to help defend Kobani," Halgurt Hikmet, a spokesman for the Kurdish regional rule's ministry of peshmerga affairs, had said earlier Tuesday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had said Tuesday that 150 Iraqi Peshmerga fighters would enter Kobani "at any moment." Cavusoglu gave the statement during a live TV interview.

The minister said the logistical details of the Kurdish fighters entering the Syrian border town, how and from where, would be dealt with by "related military officials."

Turkish security officials have taken extensive security measures at the airport and along the entire route. 

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