On 1 November 2014, Western and Gulf TV channels showed a convoy of 155 Pehsmerga (pro-Israeli) – that is to say, the police forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq -rolling through Turkey to the applause of Turkish Kurds. Said media claimed that the convoy had reached Kobane (Syria).
That was not the case!
The Peshmerga are currently stationed in a refugee camp in Suruç (Turkey). Only a 10 man delegation entered the city of Kobane, then went back to Turkey.
Similarly, the Turkish media announced that 700 soldiers of the Free Syrian Army (pro-French and anti-Syrian) – instead of the anticipated 1 300 – had reached Kobane, but this information was not confirmed by the Syrian Kurds and it is unlikely that the FSA is still that strong.
For its part, the Syrian government denounced the plan of the Iraqi Peshmerga to enter Kobane as a violation of its national sovereignty.
On site, the US-led anti-Daesh coalition forces are carrying out some low-intensity bombings (3 on Friday as opposed to 15 the previous days), as usual without any visible results. At the same time, some fifty miles away, the Syrian Arab Army is trying to pierce the frontline through massive bombings (an average of 150 per day). The number of Daesh jihadists on the ground is unknown; all we know is that the United States air dropped weapons to them “by mistake”.
At least 2,000 PYG (Syrian Kurdish) fighters currently defend the Syrian city of Kobane. The majority are former members of the Turkish PKK who fled their country to escape from repression and obtained Syrian citizenship at the beginning of the war.
In Paris, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan denounced the doggedness of the anti-Daesh Coalition to save Kobane where, according to him, no civilians are left, but only “terrorists” of the PYG. His host, French President, Francois Hollande, came up with the idea of bombing Aleppo, which is not occupied by Daesh; the city itself is controlled by the government in Damascus, with the exception of its northern suburbs.