2014-10-21 16:55:05 UTC
"There was, however, one caveat. The Turkish government doesn?t want to see fighters linked to the PKK strengthened. Turkey is hoping that allowing Iraqi Kurdish fighters into Kobani will dilute PKK influence and put Iraqi Kurds in control of the battle and any reinforcements that will come from the West.?
This might be wishful Turkish thinking. If and when they do begin to fraternize, the PKK-linked fighters in Kobani, widely admired by Iraqi as well as Syrian and Turkish Kurds, may well exert more influence on Barzani?s peshmerga forces than the other way round.