Kurdish Female Force Ready To Battle Militants

News article, posted 07.06.2014, from Iraq, in:
Kurdish Female Force Ready To Battle Militants

Three hours from Irbil, in the mountains of Sulamaniyah, Kurdish Peshmerga forces are training hard. They are well-armed, disciplined and ready to fight to defend Kurdistan.

But these are not your ordinary Peshmerga. This is the elite women's force.

Colonel Rasheed decided to start the women's unit so she could help defeat former president Saddam Hussein after his militias killed her uncle.

Her three brothers are Peshmerga and fighting in Kirkuk right now.

"We told the commanders in Kirkuk we are ready to fight against ISIS," she told Sky News.

"The female forces have combat experience and we have had the same training as the men.

"It's our responsibility too."

Their main task though is to help protect town centres and villages.

There are only around 600 recruits - but what they lack in numbers they make up for in sheer determination.

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