A prominent female Kurdish “freedom fighter”, which won popularity when pro-Kurdish journalist Pawan Durani tweeted a picture of her, may have been executed by beheading, according to unconfirmed reports on social media.
The young woman, who went by the nom du guerre “Rehana” became a symbol of the Kurdish resistance movement when pro-Kurdish journalist Pawan Durani tweeted a picture of her giving a peace sign.
“Rehana has killed more than 100 ISIS terrorists in Kobane,” his tweet read.
There has been no independent verification of the claim, but the photo went viral, receiving more than 5000 retweets. It was also distributed through other social media services, like Facebook.
Female Kurdish fighters of the Yekineyen Parastina Jin (YPJ), or Women Protection Units are involved in the struggle for the key Syrian border town of Kobane.
The town of Kobane has become a crucial battleground in the war against ISIL, representing the gateway to northern Syria and the Turkish border.
This brave and unique force of women are highly trained, committed and fearless, in a fight that represents the survival of an entire people.
They believe that in their fight there is no difference between a man and a woman, but are aware they fight an enemy that routinely rapes the women it captures before butchering them or selling them into slavery.
Now there is speculation that Rehana has been captured or killed, with gruesome photos purporting to show her decapitated body circulating on social media. But the death is unconfirmed. Kurdish security forces didn’t commented this.
More than 800 people have been killed in ground fighting for Kobane since Islamic State group militants attacked the Syrian Kurdish enclave on September 16. More than half were members of Islamic state.
The jihadists have lost 481 dead, while 313 Kurds have been killed fighting to defend the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The figures do not include ISIL losses to US-led air strikes, which the Pentagon has said run to “several hundred.”
ISIL forces are believed to still have under control almost 40% of Kobane. Kobane is still in great danger despite air strikes.
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