Ten Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters entered the Syrian town of Kobani on Thursday, a Kurdish Regional Government official told Anadolu Agency (AA).

Kurdish Regional Government Peshmerga Ministry spokesman Osman Riseyi said that the 10 fighters of the peshmerga forces had entered Kobani from the Suruc district of Turkey’s southeastern Sanliurfa province around 1:00 p.m. Turkish time (1100GMT).

“The remaining 150 fighters will enter Syria after the exact location where they will be stationed is determined,” Riseyi said. The peshmerga forces will support Kurdish groups fighting against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

He also stated that peshmerga forces would head to the battle front without delay.

The deployed peshmerga forces landed on a private plane at Turkey's GAP Airport from Erbil International Airport late Tuesday night. They were stationed in Suruc town near the Syrian border, a provincial governor told reporters on Wednesday.

A separate truck convoy carrying their heavy weaponry also entered Turkey Wednesday via Habur border pass in the southeastern province of Sirnak.

The battle for control of the strategic Syrian town of Kobani between ISIL militants and armed Kurdish groups has been raging since mid-September when ISIL entered the town. An estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees, including some 190,000 from Kobani, are being sheltered in camps across Turkey after fleeing the fighting.

Turkey has strongly supported a proposal, before the international community, including the U.N., to establish a no-fly zone and a safe haven for refugees inside Syria near the Turkish border.

Anadolu Agency