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Syria: Meet the Kurdish women fighting the frontline battle against IS01:39

Syria: Meet the Kurdish women fighting the frontline battle against IS

Syrian Arab Republic, Kobane
October 20, 2014 at 18:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Kurdish women could be seen taking part in military drills close to Kobane, Monday, after signing up to fight for the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Unit (YPG) against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formally ISIS).

The young women, seen practising with AK-47s, said that they were motivated to join the YPG to help repel IS advances in their hometowns. The female YPG recruits also train alongside their male counterparts.

Some of the young women are taking temporary leave from school to join the fight, with 19-year-old Naline, a new YPG recruit, stating "I sacrificed my future to help build others'.'

The Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) have reported that as up to 35 percent of Kurdish troops in Northern Syria are women.

Syria: Meet the Kurdish women fighting the frontline battle against IS01:39
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Kurdish women could be seen taking part in military drills close to Kobane, Monday, after signing up to fight for the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Unit (YPG) against the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formally ISIS).

The young women, seen practising with AK-47s, said that they were motivated to join the YPG to help repel IS advances in their hometowns. The female YPG recruits also train alongside their male counterparts.

Some of the young women are taking temporary leave from school to join the fight, with 19-year-old Naline, a new YPG recruit, stating "I sacrificed my future to help build others'.'

The Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) have reported that as up to 35 percent of Kurdish troops in Northern Syria are women.

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