Ready for battle: Syrian women fighters prepare to join the onslaught against ISIS after completing their military training

Mail Online | 8/9/2017 | Rory Tingle For Mailonline
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Women fighters danced to Kurdish songs in a village in northern Syria after completing their military training to join the battle against Islamic State.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of local militias supported by a US-led coalition, had given the 210 women a 15-day course in armed combat.

Trainers - Women - Weapons - Tactics - Aid

Trainers taught the women weapons handling, tactics and first aid.

'The goal ... is to stand up against Daesh, to stand up to them and tell them that the woman is strong,' said new recruit Layla Hussein, using the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

Jihan - Sheikh - Ahmed - SDF - Spokeswoman

Jihan Sheikh Ahmed, the SDF spokeswoman for the Raqqa campaign, said the women would be mainly deployed to the battlefront against Islamic State in Raqqa.

Another course will start in two months, she added, and there will be more if potential recruits continue to show up.

Hussein - Training - Ideology - Sessions

Hussein said her training had included ideology sessions.

The SDF is dominated by the Kurdish YPG militia, which follows the leftist ideology of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that has fought a three-decade insurgency in Turkey.


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