Female Fighters Take Up Arms Against Islamic State Militants

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Female fighters of Kurd forces take up arms to fight against Islamic State militants.

Female fighters take up arms against IS militants
Female fighters take up arms against IS militants


An all-female unit of the Peshmerga has operated since 1996. Unit’s commander Col. Nahida Ahmed Rashid, says more women are enlisting today to defend Iraq’s Kurdish region from Islamic State extremists

“The jihadists don’t like fighting women, because if they’re killed by a female, they think they won’t go to heaven,” one female soldier said.