Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai before a meeting as part of the Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan Fifth Trilateral Summit in Istanbul December 24, 2010. Osman Orsal/Reuters
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hand with Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari during a meeting as part of the Turkey-Afghanistan-Pakistan Fifth Trilateral Summit in Istanbul December 24, 2010. Osman Orsal /Reuters
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad pose for cameras before a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010. AP
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and his Syrian counterpart Naji al-Otari, center, inspect a military guard of honour during a ceremony before their talks in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. Erdogan and al-Otari chaired a meeting of their countries' ministers aimed at boosting their trade and cooperation. Burhan Ozbilici/AP
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meet in Ankara December 5, 2010. Adem Altan/Reuters
Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan (R) gestures as he welcomes Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev in his office in Istanbul December 22, 2010. Tolga Bozoglu/Reuters
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou (l) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a ceremony for the 2011 Winter Universiade, or Winter University Games, an Olympic-style event that will take place later this month in the eastern city of Erzurum, Turkey, Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. AP
The Iraqi Kurds have agreed to send fighters to help Kobane fend off the Islamic State. Critics say Turkey’s foot-dragging on the siege alienated its allies.
ByAlexander Christie-Miller, Correspondent
The decision by Iraq’s Kurdish regional government to send fighters with heavy weapons to reinforce the beleaguered Syrian-Kurdish town of Kobane is offering hope to its defenders, who have been holding off fighters from the self-declared Islamic State in a 37-day siege.