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Female Kurdish fighters ignite fear into Islamic State militants, who believe that they’ll go straight to hell if they are killed by a woman. RT travelled to Iraqi-Syrian border to meet the YPG, the female battalion fighting IS.
The border area between Iraq and Syria is currently controlled by Kurdish volunteers after both Iraqi and Syrian military forces abandoned the border crossings.
The women fighters occupy the lookout post on the border, which allows them to monitor all IS activities in Iraq and Syria.
Rosarine, one of the women, confessed that she had never fired a gun in her life before the war against Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) began.
“The first time I fired I was scared, but my love for my country was bigger than my fear,” she told RT’s Paula Slier. “Islamic State thought women can't fight them, but here we are. We are not afraid because we know what we are fighting for.”
The 19-year-old, who dropped out of school to join the YPG, Kurdish People’s Protection Units, says that now she opens fire “whenever something moves [on the IS side]."
The commander of the Kurdish women fighters, Dalil Derki, said that his unit strikes terror into Islamic state militants, who have “twisted Islam.”
“In their philosophy women don't have their own role in society. Their philosophy and culture is that they believe that if they are killed by a woman they won’t go to heaven. Instead they will go to hell,” he explained to RT.
Derki said that he’s proud of his troops and their achievement on the battlefield as they “set an example to women all around the world."