Unconfirmed reports have been circulating on social media about the alleged execution by the Islamic State (IS) of a Kurds female fighter, dubbed as the poster girl of Kurdish resistance in besieged Syrian town of Kobane.
The woman soldier who goes by her nom de guerre “Rehana” became a Kurdish poster girl and an online sensation after a picture of her making a “V-sign” was posted on Twitter by a local journalist. It came with the caption “Rehana has killed more than 100 ISIS terrorists in Kobane”.
Although there was no confirmation to support the claim, her picture was retweeted more than 6,000 times gaining instant popularity on social media.
However, there have been reports recently of another picture supposedly showing the iconic female fighter beheaded by ISIS militants, although these remains unverified. The gruesome photo supposedly showed an IS fighter holding her severed head for display.
Despite the report of her alleged beheading being published on several international media outlets, the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) or the Women’s Defense Unit (YPJ) for which she is a member, have yet to confirm the execution.
The Kurdish female warriors under the YPJ have played a significant role in the month-long battle between the ISIS and the Kurds in Kobane, with most of the women soldiers fighting alongside men at the frontline.
One female commander, Maysa Abdo (pseudonym: Narin Afrin) is said to be one of those who are leading the attacks against the Islamist extremists in Kobane. Another brave female fighter, Arin Mirkan, blew herself up in a suicide attack that killed dozens of ISIS militants and slowed down their advance into the town in the process.
The YPG has over 10,000 female members, including mothers and volunteers, under the separate unit YPJ, all trained in armed combat and use of weapons, including bombs and hand grenades. (Click here to read more)