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Kurdish female fighters named ‘most inspiring women’ of 2014

By Yerevan Saeed 26/12/2014
CNN photo of Kurdish female fighters in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava). AFP file
CNN photo of Kurdish female fighters in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava). AFP file

WASHINGTON DC—The women fighters of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) and a Kurdish Yezidi parliamentarian were chosen by CNN this week as the most inspiring women of 2014.

“The female fighters have trained for many years but this year have become notable for their courageous role in the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS),” reads the CNN posting on the Kurdish fighters.

The Kurdish female fighters who operate under their own unit (YPJ) have been recognized for their brave fight against the Islamic State and their role in defending the besieged Kurdish town of Kobane gained them worldwide respect.

The second woman on CNN’s list is the Kurdish Yezidi lawmaker Vian Dakhil whose emotional plea to world leaders last summer to protect her community against ISIS’s onslaught prompted an international relief effort to tends of thousands of Yezidis on Mount Shingal.

“Vian Dakhil -- Current member of the Iraqi Parliament and the only member of Yazidi origin. Dakhil won the 2014 Anna Politkovskaya Awardrun by human rights organization Reach All Women in War (RAW in WAR), for her campaigns to protect the Yazidi people from the terror of Islamic State,” said CNN.

Every year CNN asks readers, writers, and organizations to nominate and vote for women they believe deserve recognition and the winners are named the “most inspiring women” of the year.

The YPJ female fighters are 4th on CNN list of 15 women. Dakhil has taken the 11th place.

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Help the Yezidis | 26/12/2014
YES I LOVE THESE WOMEN!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!
Kurdistan | 26/12/2014
Kurdish female fighters are the bravest women in the world. And Isis terrorist are scared as hell for them as they believe that if they are killed by women they will go directly to hell and miss their 72 virgins. So Kurdish female fighters are doing a great job. God be with all the Kurdish female fighters and peshmergas.
hmm | 26/12/2014
Really interesting why this is such a common phenomena among kurds with female peshmerga. I think quite commmon among kurds from iran, "turkey" and "syria" when they had active peshmerga movement. It is something built into kurdish culture i think despite islamic invasion. Correct me if i am wrong, not as common among kurds from iraq? In any case, this is really a product of kurdish culture. Very proud of them
Gone Soon | 27/12/2014
Isis is stupid. They fight the Kurds women, get killed and end up in internal demination. All they had to do, don't fight but go marry a Kurd women, virgin. Then ask your wife to improve your people. She would lead convince the Kurds to Unite with Sunnis. She would convince the Shiites to unite with the Kurds and Sunnis then you have a united Iraq. Instead ISIS went into Kobani, get killed with corpses all over Kobani, the soul to hell. There is going to be a lot of upset ISIS savages very upset in hell, with no virgins, but watching they fellow fighters get shot by a cute kurdish girl, then they start to think that could be my wife with our kids somewhere near Baghdad. Soon they see ali baghdadi hiding in a fox hole but trapped by the Iraq Army. All hell will breah loose as they see baghdadi coming out shaking and scared begging for mercy. The soldiers would shoot from afar in order to avoid a legion of demons.
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Nikos Koulouris | 27/12/2014
When I see YPJ I see my brave pontic grandmother who had great respect to Kurdish nation. Respect!
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