ISIS: the Kurdish female suicide bombers who chose martyrdom

Suicide as a war weapon makes comeback in Peshmerga's war

06 October, 12:34

    A woman holds a gun near the Syria-Turkish border close to Kobani, Syria, near Sanliurfa city, Turkey A woman holds a gun near the Syria-Turkish border close to Kobani, Syria, near Sanliurfa city, Turkey

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - Well-trained and fearless, female Kurdish fighters are on the front line of the war on ISIS as the peshmerga are seeking to stop the Islamic State from advancing on Iraqi Kurdistan. Women fighters have made the extreme choice of becoming suicide bombers, first as members of the anti-Turkish PKK, and today as they fight with the peshmerga - in the comeback of a population and gender.

    Yesterday, one of these women fighters blew herself up against a posting of the ''Islamic Caliphate'' near Kobani, the last of many who chose to fight rather than become a child bride or risk rape.

    These women now target al Baghdadi's jihadists who are vying to conquer Kurdistan and its oil reserves.

    Another recent suicide, though not a suicide bombing, dates back to the beginning of October, when a young fighter, Ceylan Ozalp, 19, took her life to avoid being captured by ISIS militants who surrounded her, according to local media reports.

    On September 12, Avesta, 24, died in combat on the mountains of Kurdistan. She led a unit of male and female fighters taking part in a joint PKK-peshmerga operation to re-conquer a village close to Makhmour.

    She was reportedly hit by a bullet to the neck fired by an ISIS militant and did not make it to the hospital.

    Fatam Yokumer was a Turkish woman of Kurdish origin hailing from Palestine. On May 21 last year she blew herself up at the Crocodile cafè in Ankara in a deadly attack.

    Sabine Cansiz, one of the founders of the PKK of Abdullah Ocalan, was murdered in January 2013 in Paris as alleged payback in what is believed to have been an internal dispute.

    In March 2012, 15 Kurdish female ''terrorists'' were killed in clashes with security forces in the province of Bitlis, in eastern Turkey.

    Another female suicide bomber carried out an attack in October 2011 in downtown Bingon (eastern turkey), near the headquarters of the AKP party of then-premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    These are just some of the cases in which the courage, thirst for revenge or desperation of Kurdish women drew the attention of the international media.

    Nobody knows how many women are fighting in the fragmented and devastated Kurdish lands amid Iraq, Syria and Turkey. More information is available on PKK militants: 20% are reportedly women. And over the last 15 years, over half of anti-Turkish attacks were carried out by Kurdish female militants who chose ''martyrdom''.(ANSAmed).

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