Christian Female Battalion Formed to Fight ISIS in Syria

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article...ale-battalion-formed-fight-against-isis-syria


    Christian Female Battalion Formed to Fight ISIS in Syria


    (CNSNews.com) -- A group of about 50 Syrian Christian women have left their homes, jobs, and children to form a new battalion to fight the encroaching ISIS terrorists.

    The battalion is called the Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers - referring to the Tigris and the Euphrates.

    The unit began graduating recruits in August from its training base in Al-Qahtaniyeh, a town located near the Syrian-Iraqi border about 62 miles west of Mosul, according to an AFP story published last week in The Times of Israel.

    ISIS, which has forced many women and girls into sexual slavery, has also driven thousands of Syrian Christians from their homeland since civil war began in the region in March, 2011.

    While the all-female unit currently focuses most on defending the Christian parts of Syria's northeastern Hasakeh Province, Thabirta Samir, 24, says the women know they will be facing ISIS at some time in the future.

    ā€œIā€™m not afraid of Daesh (ISIS), and we will be present in the coming battles against the terrorists,ā€ said Samir, who is partially in charge of training. She previously worked for a Syriac cultural association.


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    The all-female battalion, which has reportedly received weapons from the U.S. as well as air support from the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS, may enjoy the same unexpected advantage as the women of the YPJ.

    "They think they're fighting in the name of Islam," a 21-year-old female commander, told CNN. "They believe if someone from Daesh is killed by a girl, a Kurdish girl, they won't go to heaven. They're afraid of girls."
     
  2. Use of Time

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    I saw the story on Vice News. Pretty awesome.
     
  3. Melanie

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    How horrible that this has happened. It should not be necessary.
     

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