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A Syriac Christian fighter, a member of the battalion called the "Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers" fighting the Islamic State group, during training on December 1, 2015 at their camp in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border. (DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Female force

Christian women take up arms against ISIS in Syria

By WITW Staff on December 14, 2015

A small but determined force of women fighters has recently formed in Syria, determined to battle the Islamic State in their homeland. The unit of Syriac Christian women in Hasakah province in north-east Syria currently boasts only around 50 graduates from its training camp in al-Qahtaniya, but the Guardian reports the region is “teeming with women eager to prove their worth against ISIS.”

The Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers (a reference to the Tigris and Euphrates), is following in the footsteps of another female force taking on the jihadists — the YPJ, which is the women’s counterpart to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).

“I’m a practising Christian and thinking about my children makes me stronger and more determined in my fight against Daesh [ISIS],” said Babylonia, a mother of two young children whose husband encouraged her to join the unit.

A fighter himself, he urged her to take up arms to “fight against the idea that the Syriac woman is good for nothing except housekeeping and make-up”, she said.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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