The British paper Daily Mail Mail interviewed three Kurdish women who formed an all-female combat unit to avenge the massacre of the Christian Yazidi minority by Islamic State in northern Iraq.
When ISIS came to Sinjar and started to murder Yazidis, including many children and women, the three decided to leave behind their native country (Turkey) and traveled to the autonomous area in Kurdistan, Iraq.
Islamic State started the ethnic cleansing of the Yazidis in August 2014 and forced captured Yazidis to choose between conversion to Islam and death or slavery. The women were often sold as sex slaves, and men were ruthlessly murdered–often by beheading.
Deaijly, one of the Kurdish women, told the Daily Mail that “they had heard from other fighters operating in the caves in Sinjar that ISIS massacred Yazidis four days before the US airstrikes, on August 3.”
“We smuggled ourselves there from Turkey on August 5. We heard that the Peshmerga had withdrawn and we heard the children were dying on the mountain.
“It was a difficult journey from Turkey. When we came the temperatures were scorching, but we were trained for that,” Deijly told the Daily Mail.
Raparin, another member of the female Kurdish Peshmerga combat unit, said that the women sometimes killed up to ten ISIS fighters a day. Their unit was part of the Peshmerga forces that succeeded in securing a corridor through which many Yazidis managed to escape to Syria.
The women are members of the PKK, the Turkish Kurdish Workers Party, which has long fought the central government in Turkey and is classified as a terrorist movement by many Western governments and Turkey.
“We are ‘one’ with the Yazidis and will fight ISIS to take revenge for the what has happened to the women,” Deijly said.
The women told the Daily Mail that they noticed that ISIS fighters were often drugged when the Kurds managed to capture them. They also claimed that ISIS’ propaganda is stronger than their fighting capabilities.
The three also confirmed that Islamic State fighters are afraid of being killed by women because they believe that in such a case, they will not receive the reward of 70 virgins (Jannah) when they go to heaven.
“When they know women are fighting, they run away,” Roza the third Kurdish woman said.
Deijly added: “I have killed many, but I am sure all of them will not find virgins in heaven.”
As Western Journalism reported earlier, the Kurds in Syria and Iraq have proven to be the only fighting force that has been able to defeat Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, despite a severe shortage of modern weaponry.
The U.S. administration refuses to deliver weapons directly to the Kurds in Iraq and insists that all weapon deliveries go via the central government in Baghdad. The Obama administration even blocked attempts by the Gulf States to deliver weapons to the Kurds in Syria and is now again dragging its feet after it recently promised to send a resupply shipment of one hundred pallets of arms and other aid to the Kurdish YPG militia and their allies in Syria.
The Washington Post reported that “several U.S. officials say that a White House decision to approve expanded aid has been expected for more than a week. Deliberations were complicated by the debate over Russia’s recent military moves in Syria, which Moscow describes as an effort to join the fight against the extremists.”
The situation has led one U.S. official to express his frustration with the slow process of approval. He called it “analysis paralysis.”
The Kurds and their Sunni Arab allies need the weapons to launch a massive assault on Raqqa, the capital of Islamic State’s Caliphate. A force of 25,000 men and women is reportedly waiting for orders to attack the Raqqa area and is said to have secured coalition air support for the assault.
As the Washington Post correctly observed, the delay in the delivery is connected to the Russian intervention in Syria. The Obama administration is currently re-assessing its strategy in Syria because of the game-changing Russian moves, according to some observers.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights leveled harsh criticism at the U.S.-led coalition for its ‘timid’ support of the groups fighting Islamic State. The organization reported that after a full year of coalition airstrikes in Syria, Islamic State has only lost 15 square kilometers of the territories under its control.
SOHR claims that 3550 people have died as a result of the coalition airstrikes; 225 of them were citizens, and 3178 others were Islamic State terrorists, according to the Syrian human rights organization.