Calls for a humanitarian corridor between Turkey and besieged Kobani
Despite US-led airstrikes on the Syrian border town of Kobani, Kurdish forces are in desperate need of reinforcements and ISIL extremists continue their advance.
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of Syrians, mostly Kurds, are attempting to flee fighters from the Islamic State militant movement, pouring over the border into Turkey.
There are calls for a humanitarian corridor to be opened between the Turkish border and Kobani to allow the wounded out and fresh supplies and fighters in. Turkey has so far refused.
Turkey has been reluctant to help the Kurds after several decades battling the Turkish Kurdish PKK party, which is listed as a terrorist group by Turkey and its Western allies.
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Turkey seems to consider the Syrian Kurd political and military organisations, the PYD and YPG, as posing a greater threat to it than the Islamic fundamentalists. Moreover, the PYD is the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has been fighting for Kurdish self-rule in Turkey since 1984. Ankara fears the impact of self-governing Syrian Kurds on its own 15 million-strong Kurdish population.
Turkey is demanding a high price from the US for its co-operation in attacking Isis, such as a Turkish-controlled buffer zone inside Syria where Syrian refugees are to live and anti-Assad rebels are to be trained. Mr Erdogan would like a no-fly zone which will also be directed against the government in Damascus …. since Isis has no air force. If implemented the plan would mean Turkey, backed by the US, would enter the Syrian civil war on the side of the rebels,