Kurdish women fighters inspire fear in ISIS militants due to ‘shame’ of being killed by a woman

“Perhaps the best part of being women soldier is that ISIS militants “feel shame at the idea of being killed by a woman, something which they regard as ‘haram’ (forbidden).”

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Kurdish Women Soldiers / Women in The World / Getty Images

“Our taking part in the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) is revenge for the women who were kidnapped in Sinjar (in Iraq) and sold (as sex slaves) in markets,” Kaziwar, a kurdish woman fighter, says.

Roughly 3,200 Yazidi women, members of the minority group native to the Sinjar area, are believed to remain enslaved by ISIS.

Kaziwar says that she’s been fighting for five years, and has engaged in several battles against ISIS before. In the rear-view mirror of her four-wheel-drive, she keeps a picture of a “sister-in-arms” who died in the fighting.

“When they hear our voices, they get very scared, whereas we at the front, we break out into ‘youyous’ (ululate) every time we advance,” said Kaziwar.

Rojda Felat, 38, a local commander in the YPJ, says that she and the other women are proud to contradict male stereotypes about what women are capable of. “Often, in military matters, people look down on women with condescension, claiming we’re too delicate, that we wouldn’t dare carry a knife or a gun,” said Felat. “But you can see for yourself that in the YPJ we can operate a dushka, we know how to use mortars and we can conduct demining operations,” she added, smiling.

For Shireen, a 25-year-old fighter who wears a scarf patterned with colorful flowers, one of the chief pleasures of the job is getting to see women celebrate after being freed from ISIS rule. “It drives me crazy when I see women wearing the niqab (Islamic face veil),” said Shireen. “I get so happy when I see them taking it off.”

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