A short video clip depicting a young, female Kurdish sniper taking aim through a window in Raqqa, Syria, has emerged online and is drawing international attention. The clip shows an apparent terrorist’s bullet narrowly missing the sniper’s head. She reacts by laughing about the near-death experience.
As the sharpshooter — who is part of the YPJ (Women’s Protection Units), an all-female Kurdish branch of the military and part of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units — takes aim and shoots, a gunshot is heard and, suddenly, the wall behind and to the right of her head explodes with a spray of plaster dust and drywall chunks. Ducking down beneath the window opening, the young woman can be seen laughing and even sticking out her tongue, having narrowly escaped death at the hands of an ISIS terrorist. She goes on to discuss the near miss with her colleagues, her sharpshooter’s rifle in hand, and looks back at the wall where the bullet struck, slaps her knee and has another hearty laugh.
While the footage has not yet been verified, it was posted online by Kurdish journalist Hemze Hamza. The comment reads, “Kurdish women know no fear. Your average human being would be scared for life after being so close to death but she kept laughing.”
The YPJ comprises an estimated 7,000 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 40, and works to combat attacks from ISIS militants, al Qaeda and the Syrian government.
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