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Iraqi Kurdish Fighters Arrive in Turkey for Kobani Battle

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Iraqi Kurdish fighters armed with mortars and Katyusha rocket launchers arrived in Turkey today on their way to the Syrian town of Kobani, where they’ll join the fight against Islamic State, according to live footage on NTV television.

The semi-autonomous Kurdish government in northern Iraq sent about 150 fighters, half of them arriving by plane to the city of Sanliurfa near the border with Syria, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported. The forces haven’t yet arrived in Kobani, a Kurdish stronghold in Syria along the Turkish border, Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish Democratic Union party, said by phone from the city.