After the US launched six air strikes around Kobane on Sunday to advance the Kurdish ground forces in the area, the town of Kobane achieved a two-day calm. Fighting began again on Monday morning as Turkey gave the Kurdish Peshmerga permission to enter Turkey to fight in Kobane.
According to political analysts, the Turkish support gave the Kurdish defenders of Kobane a higher morale and fighting capability.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Kurds are soon to receive orders to advance into Kobane to help their Kurdish brethren in the area.
Ismet Hesen, a Senior Kurdish official responsible for Kobane’s defence, said that his forces now have an advantage against the Islamic State. However, he states that he and his men need more firepower rather than reinforcements. The US air drop had supplied them with weapons, ammunition and medical supplies. While it may have annoyed the Turkish Government, they have granted full support for the Kurds to resolve the matter of the Islamic State.
US Central Command had confirmed six air strikes by the Anti-terrorist coalition in Kobane over Sunday and Monday. The strikes had destroyed air-dropped supplies that failed to land in the target zone.
Meanwhile, the Islamic State may have committed war crimes after its atrocities against the Yazidi people and the Kurds in isolated towns.
The Turkish Military had reversed its non-intervention stance and are using its ground troops and armoured columns to fight against the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria.
Turkey’s support in the conflict will allow US aircraft to use Turkish Air Bases, which would be of great help for US logistics.
According to Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, “we are a determine government. We perfectly know what’s going on inside and outside Turkey”
Meanwhile, Britain has agreed to have the Royal Air Force participate in handling targets in Iraq but will not play a role to operations inside Syria.
According to political analysts, Turkey came to the support of the United States because the Islamic State is opening up a border crossing from Syria to Turkey. Turkey’s efforts will also limit the Kurdish ambition to be recognised as a formidable force by western powers, which is crucial in helping them establish a state of their own.
However, political analysts also warn Turkey to be careful about taking the light from the Kurd. It has an unsteady cease fire with the PKK or the Kurdish Worker’s Party, and this could cause internal complications.
Turkey intends to establish a no-fly zone over the border area of Syria that will help protect border towns and villages, which should lessen the number of refugees heading to Turkey from Syria and Iraq.