Iraqi peshmerga poised to join battle against Islamic State in Syria

A man waves a Kurdistan flag as a Turkish military truck escorts a convoy of peshmerga vehicles at Habur border gate, which separates Turkey from Iraq, near the town of Silopi in southeastern TurkeyBy Dasha Afanasieva and Alexander Dziadosz SANLIURFA Turkey/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iraqi peshmerga fighters arrived in southeastern Turkey on Wednesday en route for the Syrian town of Kobani to try to help fellow Kurds break an Islamic State siege which has defied U.S.-led air strikes. Kobani, nestled on the border with Turkey, has been under assault from Islamic State militants for more than a month and its fate has become a key test of the U.S.-led coalition's ability to combat the Sunni insurgents. …

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