IS Facing Female Fighters In Northern Iraq

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MAKHMUR: Female fighters have been fighting alongside men in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to wring Makhmur in northern Iraq back from Islamic State (IS) militants.

Female Kurd fighters
Female Kurd fighters


IS treatment of women has especially made the fight personal for the dozens of female fighters on the mountain. Some 50 women are among the fighters on the mountain from the PKK. Kurdish women have fought together with men for years in the PKK, People’s Protection Units (YPG), and the Kurdish peshmerga forces.