"Thousands of non-Muslim women and girls have been kidnapped by Islamic State thugs (orthodox Muslims) on the rampage in the country over the past two weeks.
"They face the terrifying prospect of being forced into marriage, sold as sex slaves or shot if they do not convert to Islam.
"Now hundreds of women from the Turkish PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ party) have crossed into Iraq to help push the IS fighters out of the north of Iraq."
Says the Wall Street Journal: "Recruitment is boosted by the deployment of women soldiers on the front line, often in all-female units.
"The jihadists don't like fighting women, because if they're killed by a female, they think they won't go to heaven," said one female fighter.
"They are striking fear into the hearts of the Jihadist thugs who believe if they are killed by a woman in battle they will not reach heaven," writes the WSJ.
Vice.com said this:
Avesta, a female sniper, sits smoking a cigarette in Ras al-Ayn, Syria. A cross hangs from black string around her neck. Other women, clutching Kalashnikov assault rifles, smoke Gauloises cigarettes and sip coffee, sitting beside a car camouflaged by a thick layer of dried mud. “If I see a commander, I will shoot him,” says the 27-year-old sniper, Avesta, her long brown hair coming down to her shoulders. “Otherwise, I pick whoever is closest to me.”
Avesta and her companions are fighters with the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish militia defending Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province.
For much of the past year, the YPG’s fighters have battled al-Qaeda-linked militants—notably the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusra (JN)—and Free Syrian Army militants...
“The worst thing would be getting captured by ISIS,” says Avesta. “I can’t imagine what they would do to me.”
Here are some pictures of these brave women doing what needs to be done: