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Iraqi Kurdish fighters to help battle extremists in Kobani, Syria
Iraqi Kurdish fighters to help battle extremists in Kobani, Syria

Lawmakers in Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdish region on Wednesday approved the deployment of fighters known as peshmerga to aid fellow Kurds battling Islamic State militants in the northern Syrian city of Kobani. The Kurdistan Parliament in Irbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, approved the deployment with wide support, local news reports said. “This is a big turning point in Kurdish history,” said Mohammed Yousef, speaker of the Iraqi Kurdish Parliament, the Kurdish news site Rudaw reported. “Troops used to be sent to occupy Kurdish lands, but now we are sending soldiers to protect our Kurdish brothers abroad.” The peshmerga contingent will provide support...

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