Poster girl for Kurdish freedom fighters ‘captured and beheaded by ISIS’

October 27, 2014 | By | Reply More

Oct 27, – A female Kurdish fighter who became a poster girl for the Kobane resistance movement after a picture of her making a peace sign was retweeted thousands of times on Twitter has reportedly been beheaded by Isis.

hromedia Poster girl for Kurdish freedom fighters in Kobane 'captured and beheaded by ISIS' arab uprising2The woman, known by the pseudonym Rehana, was celebrated as a symbol of hope for the embattled Syrian border town after a journalist tweeted a picture of her making a ‘V-sign’, claiming that she’d personally killed 100 Isis militants.

The message was retweeted over 5,000 times, but there are now claims Rehana, who fought for the Kurdish YPJ, or Women’s Defense Unit, may have been killed after gruesome pictures began circulating on Twitter of an Isis fighter purportedly holding aloft her head

Her death – reported on several sites including 9News.com – however, is unconfirmed and at the time of writing the YPG (People’s Defense Unit) and YPJ have yet to respond to MailOnline’s request for a comment

Perched on the other side of the Turkish border, the Syrian town of Kobane has been under an intense assault by Isis, or the so-called Islamic State, for more than a month. The town – surrounded on the east, south and west by Isis – is being defended by Kurdish forces in Syria.

Among those fighters are thousands of women, an unusual phenomenon in the Muslim world in which warfare is often associated with manhood.

In April, Kurdish fighters created all-female combat units that have grown to include more than 10,000 women.

The 28-year-old Kurdish fighter said she decided to join the fight in her hometown when she saw Isis advances in Syria.

‘I lost many friends to this, and I decided there was a need to join up,’ said Kobani, who declined to reveal her birth name. ‘This is our land – our own – and if we don’t do it, who else will?’

After more than a year of fighting, Kobani has risen through the ranks to become a commander of a mixed-gender unit. ‘We are just the same as men; there’s no difference,’ she said. ‘We can do any type of job, including armed mobilization.’

There is nothing new about Kurdish women fighters. They have fought alongside men for years in a guerrilla war against Turkey, seeking an independent Kurdistan which would encompass parts of Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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