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Kurdish female fighters intensify anti-ISIS combat

Kurdish female fighters intensify anti-ISIS combat


Kurdish female fighters, belonging to the defence militia known as the YBS have just one goal, to eliminate the ISIS and rob the Jihadists of their ‘paradise.’

One of the female fighter is a nineteen-year-old Naishteman who just got married but life is no domestic dream for her, euronews reports.

For her, it is the start of another day in uniform on the frontline.

We are not afraid of ISIL at all, we will continue defend our land, we will fight until the last breath.

Her name means “homeland” – and that is why she volunteered to join a women’s troop of Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers. She said it is the love for her homeland which made her decide to take up arms against the so-called Islamic State.

She was born into a revolutionary Kurdish family. Her husband is also a soldier in the war against the jihadists. She is aware of the daily dangers which she faces and admits to missing her family but she is clear about her priority.

“We are not afraid of ISIL at all, we will continue defend our land, we will fight until the last breath, and we will not allow them to progress.”

The all women fighters also known as the “Jin” unit is made up of local Yazidi and Kurdish women from Syria and Turkey, based in Kananshor, near the Sinjar mountain in north-western Iraq.

The troop along with the Iraqi Armed Forces, under the leadership of Kurdish Peshmerga Forces were able to defeat ISIL and retake control over Kirkuk.

Naishteman and all the members of her troop have gone through intensive training concentrating on, endurance and the ability to hide their feelings and not to show any signs of weakness.

“I succeed in shooting several of ISIS during the battles, some of them injured by my bullets and some get killed , we defend this front line several times as ISIS keep attacking between time to time,” Naishteman said.

It has been a year since she joined. She makes contact with her close relatives when she can. But for now she is part of a family of fighters who support each other in the hope their roles will help create a brighter future for all their families.