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US air drops arms to Kurdish forces defending Kobani

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The US says it has air-dropped weapons to Kurdish forces defending Kobani from ISIL jihadists, reports.

As air strikes continued on militant positions near the Syrian border town, US military officials said three C-130 transport aircraft delivered weapons, ammunition and medical supplies – provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq – to boost resistance to ISIL’s attempts to take Kobani.

The news is likely to anger Turkey, a key US ally in the area.

On Sunday the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would not allow American arms to be delivered to Kurdish fighters.

“It would be wrong for the US – with whom we are friends and allies in NATO – to… expect us to say ‘yes’ to such support for a terrorist organisation. We can’t say ‘Yes’ to it,” he said.

Ankara has watched as the Islamist extremists have advanced on Kobani. It accuses the Kurdish forces of having links with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has waged a 30-year armed campaign for self-rule in Turkey.

October 20 2014, 17:29

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