Kurds to use anti-tank weapons against ISIS

2014-10-29 13:45
Smoke rises from shelling in the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds. (Aris Messinis, AFP)

Smoke rises from shelling in the Syrian town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds. (Aris Messinis, AFP)

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Beirut - Iraqi Kurdish fighters are expected to bring anti-tank and anti-armour weapons when they enter the Syrian town of Kobani on Wednesday to aid fellow Kurds in their fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, a Syrian Kurdish official said.

Saleh Moslem, co-chair of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), said the Iraqi "peshmerga" fighters were expected to enter Kobani, known as Ayn al-Arab in Arabic later on Wednesday.

"They're supposed to bring, mainly anti-armour weapons, anti-tank", he said. "Of course, more than that they have some weapons to defend themselves also. But mostly it's mainly artillery, or anti-armour, anti-tank weapons."

He said the weapons should help the Syrian Kurdish fighters of the YPG armed group fend off Islamic State fighters who have used armoured vehicles and tanks in their assault on the town.

"The YPG, they're just defending. They can do it. But these armoured vehicles and tanks were making problems for them. The YPG forces could not do it with the weapons they have. So now this will give support", he said.

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