Turkey has offered northern Iraqi peshmerga fighters passage into the besieged Syrian town of Kobani to help Syrian Kurdish fighters combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.
"I myself made that offer," Erdogan said in a press conference at Ankara Esenboga Airport before leaving for an official visit to Latvia. "And I already said that 'that aid that you would deliver to the PYD and PKK is unacceptable for us'."
The PKK is the Kurdistan Workers' Party, considered a terrorist organization by Turkey and some other countries. It has waged a bloody 30-year campaign against the Turkish state. The PYD is the Unionist Democratic Party, which the Turkish government believes is in league with the PKK.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu's announcement that his country would help Iraqi Kurdish forces access Kobani through Turkey to help Kurdish militias fight the ISIL terrorist group came a day after the U.S. conducted airdrops in the northern Syrian town to resupply the Unionist Democratic Party.
U.S. officials notified their Turkish counterparts in advance of the airdrops.
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