Dozens of Iraqi Peshmerga fighters now stand poised to reinforce the ranks of fellow Kurds fighting ISIL militants in the strategic Syrian town of Kobani
For the moment, they are still on the Turkish side of the frontier – under close surveillance by local security forces – as they wait for news from an advance party that has already gone in.
Kurdish refugees from Kobani are hoping the new arrivals will make a difference.
“In this regard we are very happy,” said Aminah at a makeshift camp near the Turkish border town of Suruc.
“Our morale has improved since they arrived. But we want not only support from the Peshmerga but wider support.”
More US-led air strikes are reported to have hit ISIL positions around the Syrian border town on Friday in an apparent bid to pave the way for the Iraqi Peshmerga’s deployment .
While Turkey made that possible, its own forces are still on the sidelines of military moves to combat the Islamists’ onslaught.