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Group of 10 peshmerga fighters leave Kobani after one-day stay to prepare full deployment

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SURUC, Turkey — A Kurdish official in the Syrian border town of Kobani says the 10 peshmerga fighters from Iraq who entered the embattled town the day before have returned to Turkey to prepare for their forces' full deployment.

The official, Anwar Muslim, says the 10 discussed with the town's Kurdish defenders military positions and strategy against the Islamic State group.

PHOTO: A man walks along with a horse and dog near a staging area where Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters are stationed on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, across from the Syrian town of Kobani, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the northern Syrian border town of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled city. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
A man walks along with a horse and dog near a staging area where Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters are stationed on the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, across from the Syrian town of Kobani, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Ten Iraqi peshmerga fighters entered the northern Syrian border town of Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, crossing over from Turkey on Thursday, the first from among a group of 150 Kurdish troops on their way into the embattled city. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Muslim says all 150 peshmerga are supposed to depart from Turkey for Kobani later Friday.

Muslim told The Associated Press, speaking on the phone from Kobani, that "zero hour hasn't been decided yet, but it will be today."

The hope is that the Iraqi Kurdish fighters will help reverse gains by Islamic State militants who have captured parts of the town as well as dozens of nearby villages.

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