Boots On The Ground: Former US Soldiers Join Kurds in Fight Against ISIS (Video)

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The Lions Of Rojava via Jordan Matson’s Facebook Page: 

Some of the first men to answer the call of the Lions of Rojava. Im honored to stand at there side. These men have given up everything to stand up for humanity. We will not stand idle while evil men murder the innocent and force there way of life on the masses. To all those joining the fight, I’ll see you soon. God bless, Jordan Matson

Even though most of America has figured out by now that air-strikes alone are not going to be sufficient to stop the deranged ISIS mutants who are currently rampaging through the Middle East, our feckless Golfer-in-Chief has “promised” there will be no boots on the ground.

That hasn’t stopped several American citizens from joining the Kurds in Northern Syria in the fight against ISIS – even though it’s illegal to join a militia in Syria.

A Kurdish official confirmed to Al Arabiya News that a former US soldier from Wisconsin, Jordan Matson, 28,  joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), who are battling advances by ISIS close to Syria’s borders with Turkey and Iraq. He is one of the first – if not – THE first American to join the fight. But he says hundreds more have contacted him wanting to join the fight.

“Yes it is true,”    YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said in an online message. “He is fighting in the Jazaa area.”

Jazaa is a town in Syria’s northeastern Hasaka province, close to the Iraqi border and has been the site of heavy fighting between the two groups.

The YPG said last month it has lost 35 of its fighters in a two-week battle for control of Jazaa and said Kurdish forces had killed hundreds of ISIS fighters.

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A friend of Matson’s said he told online gaming friends about two months ago that he was joining a “private army” to fight ISIS.

“He told us in the community that he was getting hired by a private army and he let us know two to three months in advance,” said Miguel Caron by telephone from Montreal.

“He sent me a personal Facebook message on the 16th of September saying ‘hey boss, I’m heading to Syria.’ He told me he dropped his girlfriend and stopped looking for a job,” Caron added.

Via The Daily Mail, Matson told CNN, ”I prayed about it for about a month or two and I really soul searched and said, “is this really what I want to do?” Eventually, I decided to do it.’

Matson flew to Turkey and was taken to Rojava, a Kurdish-controlled area of northern Syria. For the past month, he has been a volunteer fighter helping to defend three small statelets in the area.

He’s been contacted by many former soldiers from across Europe, America and Australia, he said. They are attracted to fighting for the Kurdish militia for the same reasons as he was.

‘ISIS has threatened all these countries… to push their agenda in those nations,’ he said. ‘And the veterans of those nations who love their countries don’t want to sit by while this is happening.’

Matson recently posted a message to his Facebook page, urging would-be fighters to ‘be patient as the outcry to join the fight is immense’.

“In the hundreds veterans are lining up to come over here because if our government won’t do anything, we will,” Matson said in the video below.

Of his own decision, he added: ‘These people threatened American citizens, and bring harm to us. I think I decided enough was enough, and I decided to come out this way.’

He had contacted the group online after ISIS captured Mosul in Iraq.

‘All the American veterans that have died over there and paid their lives for that country so they could have a democracy – that just resonated in my mind,’ he said. ‘And I couldn’t live with myself letting that country fall, and all my brothers’ lives be for nothing.’

But as well as fighting for Americans – ‘so [ISIS] can’t take it to us’ – he said he’s also fighting for the Kurdish people.

Here, USA and British Special Ops veterans are pictured with #YPG training for the battle against#ISIS in #Rojava, Syria.

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 Via Townhall: U.S. Special Operations Vets Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Kurds Fight Against ISIS ‘Genocidal Caliphate’

A group of former U.S. Special Operations Veterans have launched a crowdfunding campaign, Operation Limitless Compassion, to help the Kurds fight off ISIS terrorists in Iraq. Castle International, a world-wide air ambulance company founded and operated by former special operations volunteers, is leading the way to provide pro-U.S. Kurdish fighters with desperately needed humanitarian aid, medical training, medical supplies, and combat training. Recon teams from Castle International have already deployed to northern Iraq to offer direct assistance to Kurdish fighters and more will head to the region in November. Castle International has launched two crowdfunding sites to gather donations,GoFundMe and YouCaring.com, with a goal of raising $100,000 for the operation.

Via Jordan Matson’s Facebook Page: Now ‪#‎Kobane‬ is a grave yard for the ‪#‎IS‬ monsters. The photo is taken, when YPG Forces are trying to clean the streets from their corpse.

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Jeanine Pirro: “This President Doesn’t Know The Difference Between Good and Evil” (Video)

“This president doesn’t know the difference between Good and evil,” Judge Jeanine charged in her opening statement, Saturday night. “Or maybe he does,” she added ominously..

Addressing Obama directly, she said, “your liberal delusions are putting Americans in danger, and instead of reversing course, you dig your heels in deeper. And that’s you’re biggest weakness – refusing to admit mistakes and refusing to change.”

“Your job Mr. President  is to fight evil. Your job is to protect the American people,” she continued. “And if you want to engage in Kumbaya politics – do it on your own time!”

She had former Attorney General Michael Mukasey on to discuss the president’s feckless foreign policies.

Pirro also had on former US Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton on to talk about Obama’s collapsing foreign policies.

Judge Jeanine Pirro: Obama Doesn’t Have The Guts To Identify Terrorists By Its Rightful Name (Video)

Judge Jeanine Pirro used her show Saturday night as a forum to warn America about the increasing threat of “lone wolf” terror attacks.

In her opening statement, Pirro praised officials in Canada and New York City for being willing to call recent attacks terrorism, but slammed the Obama administration, which “doesn’t have the guts to identify terrorism by its rightful name.”

She ran through a series of recent attacks that have happened in past year; “a woman beheaded in Oklahoma by a recently converted Muslim, angry over co-workers’ complaints that he was trying to convert them to Islam. Four murdered across the country by recently converted Muslims, saying it was in retaliation for Iraq, and four cops attacked by yet another radicalized Muslim convert in New York City, who attacks them with a hatchet.”

She added,  “as the call for lone wolves to attack is met, you have to ask yourself if you’re doing everything you can to be safe.”

She had on retired US Navy Lt and founder for the Islamic Forum For Democracy, Zuhdi Jasser  and Natl. security editor for the Blaze and former CIA officer Buck Sexton to discuss the threat of lone wolf attacks.

Pirro asked Jasser if he thought the United States was ready to handle this problem.

Jasser said “we really aren’t. It’s so sad – 13 years after 9/11 – and it’s not about the individual! Fasten your seat belts and we need to call upon Muslims to unbuckle ours,and start to counter the ideology.”

He continued, “this is not random acts. This is not nut cases. It’s not self radicalization. They’re feeding into an ideology that demonizes Americans – especially our police, our military…”

He called on Muslims to be actively be pro-American and anti-Jihadism.

Sexton pointed out that the call for jihadism is in the Koran – “it is textually based. ISIS is essentially a form of fundamentalists,” he explained.  “They look at the texts, look at what is there and try to put it into action.”

He continued, “to say,  for example as President Obama did, that it’s not Islamic, the Islamic State – or to say this is in no way part of Islam –  is just on it’s face ridiculous and we have to keep pointing this out because there is a knee jerk defense from the left in this country from progressives and a lot of Democrats that this is a version of Islam that doesn’t exist anywhere – it just exists in the heads of the crazy people who take this up… it actually exists in the texts and until we understand that that can be put into action – that there’s an ideological basis for this, we will never actually begin to win that ideological war.”

Judge Jeanine Pirro -RPt: Obama Admin Mislead (Lied To) Congress & About Criminal Illegals:

Pirro also had on  Republican Congressman Randy Forbes of Virginia to discuss the false testimony provided by former ICE Chief, John Morton, back in the Spring of 2013. As you recall, Morton had told Congress under oath, that none of the detainees released by ICE were dangerous felons. Two years later, proof has emerged that that was not the case.

“They weren’t blindsided by this question,” Forbes said. “My staff had asked them this question almost  a month before, so they had plenty of time to prepare for it – then they came back in and still lied to us about it. The second thing to remember — which one frightens you the most? That they intentionally lied about it?  )r they didn’t have a clue who it was that they were releasing into the community. Either one is very very dangerous.

The congressman said he would talk to Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte to see if charges can be brought against Morton for lying to Congress.

Facing Genocide, Yazidis Cry Out For Help

Across the Kurdish region of northern Iraq, refugee camps, building sites and a sprinkling of Yazidi villages hold tens of thousands of Yazidi refugees who fled the advance of Isil in scenes of biblical exodus across Mount Sinjar in August.

But tens of thousands more were trapped behind the Isil lines.

Researchers adding together accounts of massacres in Yazidi villages as the jihadists attacked have counted a series of killings of more than 100 men each, with the total gunned down now thought to be up to 5,000.

An estimated 5-7,000 women are also being held in makeshift detention centres, where they are being taken away and either sold into servitude or handed to jihadists as concubines. The town of Tal Afar alone is thought to hold around 3,500 women and children in five detention centres.

Full story.

With the United States no longer engaged, ISIS  retook two towns on Sinjar Mountain Monday, “indicating that the Sunni militant group is advancing on territory that the U.S. had said that it had secured during its airstrikes on the region back in August.”

Via the International Business Times:

It was not immediately clear how many Yazidis were affected by the group’s takeover Monday. Some news reports said that as many as 700 families could have been displaced by the ISIS siege. Tens of thousands of Yazidis were forced to flee from the mountain this summer. Since then, many of those who fled have returned home, thinking that the U.S. had pushed back the militant group from the area.

Now ISIS is back in the area, looking to take back the towns it held before the U.S. airstrikes. One of the most vulnerable populations among the Yazidis are women. Earlier this month, ISIS said it had enslaved women and children in several villages on Mount Sinjar. In an article in its online magazine, ISIS claimed that the group gave women to soldiers who fought on the mountain.

Via the Washington Post, a desperate plea for help:

“We called asking for help with airstrikes, but nothing,” said Mohammad Khalil, a Yazidi and former member of parliament who has been fighting alongside the 2,000-strong volunteer force in the area since late August. “Now we are all trapped — the fighters are trapped, the civilians are trapped.”

Yazidis are facing “attempted Genocide” UN official says:

Strong evidence suggests that Iraq’s ethnic and religious minority, the Yazidis, face what could amount to “attempted genocide,” a top U.N. rights official said on Wednesday.

“The evidence strongly indicates attempt to commit genocide,” Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic said after meeting with more than 30 displaced Yazidis across Iraq in a week-long visit.

Via The Daily Mail, a Yazidi woman taken prisoner tells a tale of terror, desolation, and despair.

A young Yazidi woman forced into sex slavery by the Islamic State begged the West to bomb the brothel where she was being held after militants raped her 30 times in just a few hours, it is claimed.

The unidentified woman is understood to have been kept as a prisoner of the jihadists somewhere in western Iraq having been captured by ISIS during the Sinjar massacre in early August.

A group raising awareness of ISIS’ persecution of women in the vast swathes of the Middle East under its control said the woman had contacted Kurdish peshmerga fighters by telephone to plead for the brothel to be bombed to put the women held as sex slaves out of their misery.

She allegedly told the fighters she had been raped so frequently that she could no longer use the toilet, adding that the ordeal has been so harrowing that she plans to commit suicide even if freed.

The UK Telegraph reports that “at first, reports of the massacres and the mass sexual enslavement of women were so extreme and apparently incredible that they went little reported compared to the very visible plight of those who escaped to the mountain.”

However, United Nations researchers have managed to verify many of the accounts beyond reasonable doubt: virtually every refugee family has male relatives who have been killed and women who have been kidnapped.

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Matthew Barber, a scholar of Yazidi history at the University of Chicago who was in Kurdistan as the assaults happened, said it was thought 3-5,000 men had been killed.

He said he had also compiled a list of 4,800 names of women and children being held captive.

“In every place where Yazidi women or families are held, jihadists come and randomly select women that they take away,” he added. “A final total above 7,000 is perfectly feasible.”

“My 13-year-old sister was separated from my family,” said one man, Ahmed Naif Qasem, who is staying in the town of Ba’adre. He was away serving with the Kurdish armed forces, the Peshmerga, when the Yazidis swept through in the first week in August.

His parents, wife and extended family were seized from their home in Snuny, near Sinjar, and taken over the Syrian border to be converted to Islam at gunpoint.

When the family returned, his sister and his wife had been taken away.

His wife was later allowed to rejoin her family after having been “treated badly”, he said, but no one had seen his sister since.

What has happened to the women has been relayed in a series of phone calls from families, and in some rare cases by women and girls who had managed to escape.

Mr Khalaf said his 13-year-old niece had been among the members of his family seized, but she had escaped seven weeks after being “taken away”. She had so far been too distressed to describe what had happened to her, he said.

“She just cries when she tries to speak,” he said. Others escapees have told of being “married” to older jihadi leaders, in some cases raped, and made to watch acts of barbarity.

Pray for the Yazadis, Kurds, and Christians in the Middle East.  And pray for peace, but if there can be no peace, pray for lots of well aimed airstrikes hitting their ISIS targets.

For some reason, I can’t get this hymn “Cry of the Poor” out of my head.

New Aid For Kurds From Turkey and U.S. Represents Policy Shift

The Turkish foreign minister announced Monday that Turkey has decided to allow Iraqi Kurdish forces, (aka peshmerga), to cross its border with Syria to help fight the ISIS fanatics who have been attacking the besieged Syrian town of Kobani for more than a month.

Via The New York Times:

The decision represents an important shift by the Turkish government, which has angered Kurdish leaders and frustrated Washington for weeks by refusing to allow fighters or weapons to cross its border in support of the Kurdish fighters defending the town. Speaking at a news conference in Ankara, the Turkish foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that his government was “helping the pesh merga cross over to Kobani.”

The announcement, along with an American decision to use military aircraft to drop ammunition and small arms to resupply Kobani, reflected escalating international pressure to push back Islamic State militants. The militants have recently lost momentum after appearing for a while to be close to routing the town’s defenders.

Conservatives like Charles Krauthammer have been calling on the Obama administration to arm the out-gunned Kurds for months, but for some reason, the Regime resisted. I have always suspected that there was tacit agreement with Turkey preventing us from doing the obvious to help the besieged Kurds.

The fact that both of these decisions - Turkey’s change of heart in letting the Kurds cross the Turkish border to support the Peshmerga, and the US’s decision to FINALLY supply the Kurds with arms and ammo came at virtually the same time, suggests to me that an agreement between the two nations has been struck.

Opening a passage for the pesh merga creates the impression that Turkey has changed its stance, and is on board with the coalition against ISIS,” said Halil M. Karaveli, an expert on Turkey and a senior fellow at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute in Stockholm. “But this move is actually in Turkey’s own interests.” Mr. Karaveli said the pesh merga would counterbalance the Kurdish groups in Kobani that Turkey opposes.

Turkey’s decision also suggested that it had quietly agreed to the United States’ decision to airdrop weapons and ammunition to Kobani’s defenders.

Mr. Obama spoke with Mr. Erdogan on Saturday, and notified him of the decision to conduct the airdrops, American officials said. It was not clear what kind of agreement had been struck, though analysts said that Turkey probably wanted assurances that the supplies would not be used by the P.K.K. against Turkey.

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ABC News: ISIS forces launch multiple attacks on Kurdish territory in Iraq, officials say:

First, an ISIS-commandeered military truck loaded with explosives targeted a Peshmerga checkpoint along the security belt circling the dam, killing six Peshmerga security forces and injuring seven others critically, according to Peshmerga forces spokesman Said Mamazeen.

At almost the same time, ISIS militants launched an attack on the Nineveh Valley near the dam, which was repelled by Peshmerga forces using European and American weapons, the spokesman said.

Another Kurdish military official, who asked not to be named for protocol and security reasons, said that despite the attacks, it would be difficult for ISIS to gain control of the dam because of the large numbers of Peshmerga forces in the area.

A senior official at the Ministry of Peshmerga, who similarly asked not to be identified as a matter of government protocol, reported that ISIS fighters were also killed in the attacks, and that the Peshmerga successfully repelled most of the more than dozen incidents Monday.

Kurdish Leader: “Kobane Will Be a Cemetery for Isil”

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Kurdish women heading to #Kobane to fight #ISIS.

ISIS controlled over half of Kobane two weeks ago and things were looking pretty bleak for the Kurds, but with the help of the Syrian Free Army, a motorcycle gang from Deutschland (You read right), and a few well aimed US airstrikes, the barbaric Jihadis’ attempt to takeover Kobane is being turned into a rout.

Jenan Moussa,  a reporter for Arabic Al Aan TV in Dubai reported the death toll in Kobane as of yesterday:  YPG sources in tell me: “Death toll till now: 133 YPG fighters killed, 9 FSA, 1294 ISIS.” Ouch.
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 It’s not fair – I didn’t sign up to fight these vicious banshees,  dammit. 
 Via The UK Telegraph, Firas Kharaba, 39, a Syrian rebel leader, provided “a first-hand, account of the epic battle for the town has become an acid test of the ability of US-led air strikes to defeat Isil in Iraq and Syria.”

This weekend, after almost two weeks of aerial attacks Isil has begun to to flee the Syrian border town, that they had been on the brink of capturing.

At first the air strikes had appeared to make little difference and for days the jihadists advance had continued into the centre of the Kurdish town.

The crucial turning point, Mr Kharaba said, the US airforce destroyed a building where Isil leaders had been meeting, killing everyone inside.

“About thirty major fighters were killed and some commanders,” said Mr Kharaba, adding that some Syrians loyal to his group had infiltrated Isil to act as spies.

With its best men gone, Mr Kharaba said, Isil has been forced to call on a “police division” – men who manage the law and order of Isil territories but with little experience of front line battles – to come to Kobane.

And without equipment that could be targeted from the air, the jihadists were forced to resort to the same guerrilla tactics used by their opponents. In this new dynamic, knowledge of the town’s layout became key, and in this the Kurdish fighters, many of who are from Kobane, have the upper hand.

By contrast many of Isil’s fighters are foreigners unfamiliar with the streets and alleys.

Locals said they fought Tunisians, Moroccans and Saudi Arabians as well as Syrians in the Isil teams.

“The fighting became street by street, or sometimes, room by room,” said Mr Kharaba.

The development marked a turning point in the long battle for this Kurdish town, which has now taken on, for both Isil and the international US-led alliance, symbolic importance as a test of their ability to win the wider war.

For the past year Isil had been closing in on Kobane, capturing and ruling with an iron fist the hamlets around it, and cutting electricity and water supply to the town.

Inside, men, women and young boys bought rusty Kalashnikov rifles on the black market and signed up to volunteer with the YPG, the Syrian wing of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) the proscribed Kurdish militia.

The jihadists brought reinforcements from neighbouring Iraq, where this summer they captured much of the north of the country and billions of dollars worth of American military equipment that was abandoned by fleeing Iraqi army troops.

Mr Kharaba said: “Isil brought their weapons from Iraq. They have tanks and canons and rocket launchers.

But as Rear Adm. John Kirby noted in the Washington Post, those heavy weapons make great targets.

Kirby said the U.S. will continue to launch airstrikes in Iraq as necessary. The air war around Kobane is centered on denying the militants an area they clearly want as a sanctuary, the admiral said.

“The more they want it, the more resources they apply to it, the more targets we have to hit,” Kirby said. “And part of what we’re trying to do is put pressure on them, and the strikes against them and their positions in and around Kobane allow us to do that.”

According to Bahoz Horan, a media activist in Kobane, “Isil are trying to escape. They are trapped between the YPG inside the Kobane and the air strikes outside.

Mr Horan said: “Isil fighters are hiding inside the empty houses.” It is estimated that the terrorists still control up to 20 per cent of the city.

The town and surrounding areas are now all but completely empty of its 250,000 residents, who have fled to Turkey or to fields closer to the border, local fighters told The Telegraph.

However Mr Kharaba warned that, even with Isil weakened, this was not the end of the battle.

“Even if they have pulled back, they do so to regroup. They will not give up Kobane.” Their morale heightened by the international air campaign, on which they now depend, Kurdish residents of Kobane were equally defiant.

“Our fighters will defend Kobane to the last gasp, the last bullet and the last fighter,” said Khaled Barkal, the deputy president of the Kurdish administration for Kobane. “Kobane will be a cemetery for Isil.”

Jordan Matson former American soldier joins the Kurds to fight ISIS in Kobane:
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A 28-year-old Wisconsin man named Jordan Matson is reportedly in Syria and fighting with a Kurdish militia as they battle the jihadist group Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). Back in the US, people identifying themselves as Matson’s friends have created a page on Facebook on which they are sharing pictures of Matson and cheering him on with memes.

A spokesperson for the Kurdish Yekineyen Parastina Gel, or YPG, told Reuters Matson was one of three American fighting with the group. They said he was in northeastern Syria.

UPDATE:

Good news if true via the AP:

The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border. The U.S. said earlier Sunday that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the Kobani area.

In a statement Sunday night, U.S. Central Command said U.S. C-130 cargo planes made multiple drops of arms and supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq. It said they were intended to enable continued resistance to Islamic State efforts to take full control of Kobani.

The airdrops are almost certain to anger the Turkish government, which has said it would oppose any U.S. arms transfers to the Kurdish rebels in Syria. Turkey views the main Kurdish group in Syria as an extension of the Turkish Kurd group known as the PKK, which has waged a 30-year insurgency in Turkey and is designated a terror group by the U.S. and by NATO.

President Barack Obama called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday to discuss the situation in Syria and notify him of the plan to make airdrops Sunday, one administration official told reporters. He would not describe Erdogan’s reaction but said U.S. officials are clear about Turkey’s opposition to any moves that help Kurdish forces that Turkey views as an enemy.

It’s about freaking time.

The Kurds should be thanking God that their moment of need came within weeks of the United States’ midterm elections. With the American people now paying attention to what’s going on in the Middle East, Obama couldn’t risk allowing Democrats to receive the brunt of the voters’ wrath in the wake of another major massacre.

Kurdish Female Fighters Holding the Line in Kobane (Video)

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I’ve been monitoring the situation in Kobane, Syria all weekend and reports about the fierce street fighting between the Kurdish PKK and ISIS fighters have been indicating the PKK are making gains. There’s good news this morning via NPR:

The besieged city of Kobani, Syria, has seen an increase in air strikes and fighting, with Kurdish fighters in the area saying they’ve stopped the extremist group ISIS from advancing. As the U.S.-led coalition carried out strikes on areas east and south of Kobani, new reports emerged about Turkey’s role in supporting the fight against ISIS.

U.S. officials said this weekend that Turkey had agreed to let the coalition use its bases to strike ISIS. But on Monday, a Turkish official tells the AP that “there is no new agreement with the United States on using an air base in southern Turkey,” the news agency says.

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Today, Kurdish fighters who are trying to defend the city of Kobani are saying they’ve made advances against ISIS, a claim that was echoed by a monitoring group. U.N. officials have warned of a potential massacre if the city falls.

The International Business Times estimates the number of ISIS jihadists attacking the town for the past month with tanks and heavy artillery is 9,000 in “the largest manned assault by Isis in its short existence.”

On the Kurdish side are 2,000 out-gunned fighters with the YPG, the armed wing of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), “without access to any heavy weaponry and short on ammunition.”

The Marxist PKK has been designated by the State Department as a terrorist group which I suspect is why we’re not arming them as they fight for independence from our “ally” Turkey.

ABC reports that Kurdish woman are leading the battle against ISIS in Kobane.

The Observatory said a Kurdish woman fighter is leading the battle against IS jihadists in Kobane, a monitoring group and activists said Sunday.

“Mayssa Abdo, known by the nom-de-guerre of Narin Afrin, is commanding the YPG in Kobane along with Mahmud Barkhodan,” Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said.

As is the custom for Kurdish fighters, Mayssa, 40, uses a pseudonym. Hers comes from the Afrin region where she was born that is located, like Kobane, in Aleppo province.

Via IBT, the YPG is the all-female, independent militia which embrace arms along with their male comrades of  the People’s Protection Units. Just the sight of them inflict terror on their ISIS enemies because the jihadists believe that if they’re killed by woman soldiers they won’t go to heaven.

Women fighters make up one third of all #Kurdish resistance, numbering between 7,000 and 10,000 of the Kurdish forces fighting in Syria.

As urban guerrilla warfare starts on the streets of Kobani, on the Turkish-Syrian border, Kurdish resistance is increasingly relying on its female fighters to save the town on what appears to be a desperate fight for survival.

The female Kurdish fighters are feared by Islamic State militants, who believe that they’ll go straight to hell if they are killed by a woman. A women fighter explained “This is not a myth but reality. I personally met IS fighters face-to-face. Women fighters infringe on their psyche. They believe they won’t go to paradise if they are killed by women. That is why they flee when they see women. I saw that personally at the Celaga front. We monitor theirradio calls. When they hear a woman’s voice on the air, they become hysterical.”

The suicide attack of a Kurdish female fighter, Dilar Gencxemis, known by her nom de guerre Arin Mirkan who blew herself up in Kobani, killing several Islamic State militants has put the spotlight on the Yekineyen Parastina Jin or Women Protection Units (YPJ) the female battalion fighting IS on the frontlines.

All the women fighters in the battalion are volunteers, who go into battle under the“Hava” (friendship) motto. Rosarine, one of the women fighters, explained that she and her ‘sisters in arms’ get full support and encouragement from their families as they’re fighting to protect the Kurdish land and its people.

Via RWN: Kurdish Female Fighter Allegedly Kills Top ISIS Commander In Fight on the Streets of Kobani:

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This recent report via Mirova News on the Kurdish female warriors fighting ISIS is fascinating and well worth your time.

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