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Iraqi peshmerga fighters prepare for Syria battle

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MURSITPINAR, Turkey (AP) -- An official for the main Syrian Kurdish force says Iraqi peshmerga fighters are getting ready for the battle against Islamic State group extremists in the border town of Kobani.

Shorsh Hassan, a spokesman for the People's Protection Units, or YPG, says the peshmerga and the YPG are preparing a plan for the role that Iraqi Kurdish troops will play.

Hassan's comments Saturday came after some 150 peshmerga fighters entered Kobani on Friday night to fight the extremist group that controls parts of the town.

The force brought in badly needed heavy weapons including artillery, heavy machine guns and anti-tank missiles, material that could tip the balance of power in favor of the Kurds.

Islamic State group positions in Kobani also have been targeted U.S.-led airstrikes.

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