Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says an agreement has been reached on sending 200 Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq through Turkey to help defend Kobani against Islamic State militants. Pavithra George reports.
Gunshots echo across the Turkish border as Kurdish fighters clash with Islamic State militants in Kobani... Soon, the Kurdish defending force, from the Democratic Union Party or the PYD, will be joined by Kurdish peshmerga fighters from Iraq. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says 200 peshmerga will be allowed to enter Kobani though Turkey. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRESIDENT, TAYYIP ERDOGAN, SAYING: "PYD initially declined a reinforcement by peshmerga forces. Later on, after saying yes, they disagreed with the Kurdish government over the number of peshmerga fighters that would be dispatched. I have learned that yesterday they finally reached agreement on a figure of 200 (fighters)" But Erdogan is wary. He calls the PYD a "terrorist" group---because of it's links with an outlawed group in Turkey that has spent thirty years fighting for autonomy for Turkey's own Kurdish population. After weeks of watching the battle from the sidelines however, the move IS a concession to the Kurds. It will also provide much needed help for western forces trying keep Kobani out of Islamic State hands.