Iraqi Kurds head to fight militants in Syria

October 28, 2014 8:28 PM

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IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Thousands of cheering, flag-waving people gave a noisy send-off to a group of Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga troops who left Tuesday for Turkey — the first step on their way to help their Syrian brethren fight Islamic extremists in the embattled border town of Kobani.

The unprecedented mission by the 150 fighters to help fellow Kurds in their battle with the Islamic State group came after Ankara agreed to allow the peshmerga cross into Syria via Turkey — although the Turkish prime minister reiterated that his country would not be sending any ground forces of its ...

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