Socialist Worker

Turkey allows Kurdish fighters into Kobane

by Judith Orr
Issue No. 2426

Turkey lifted a ban on Kurdish fighters crossing the border into north eastern Syria to defend the town of Kobane from Islamic State forces last Tuesday. 

As Socialist Worker went to press, Tory defence secretary Michael Fallon announced that British drones will extend flights to Syria. This comes only a month after parliament voted on military action limited to Iraq. 

Turkey launched a bombing raid near its Iraqi border last week targeting Kurdish fighters. 

And only on Sunday, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan was denouncing the Syrian Kurds as “terrorists” and saying publicly that neither the US nor Turkey should arm them.

The change in line came after the US defied its ally by going ahead with an arms drop to Kurdish forces in Kobane. 

US secretary of state John Kerry acknowledged the contradictions of Turkey helping Kurds on one side of the border, while fighting them within Turkey.

He said, “Let me say very respectfully to our allies the Turks that we understand fully their opposition and ours to any kind of terrorist group”.

He went on to claim it would be “morally difficult” not to support the “valiant Kurds”.

But Western and Turkish intervention will not bring the Kurds closer to self determination and independence. 

The US wants to win support for military intervention under the veneer of a humanitarian mission.


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