A Kurdish female fighter (with a SVD slung over her shoulder) of the People’s Protection Units looks on at a
training camp in al-Qahtaniyah, known to Kurds as al-Darbassiyah, near
the Syrian-Turkish border on Feb. 13.
The painted nails of a Kurdish Peshmerga female fighter are seen as she holds her gun during combat skills training before being deployed to fight Islamic State militants, at their military camp in Sulaimaniya, northern Iraq. (Photo: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters)
Meysa Ebdo – commander of the of the Kurdish Women’s Defense Units (YPJ)
“Let everyone know: we are resisting against groups (ISIS, Al Nusra) committing inhumane attacks and we will win. We are giving our lives so that our people might live freer and that our flag might fly freely in the sky.”