Kurdish Soldiers Strike Fear in Hearts of ISIS Militants

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Braden Higby, Reporter

According to news sources, ISIS militants believe that one of the worst things to transpire in combat is to not just be killed, but be killed by a woman and consequently be sent to hell.

In an interview with TIME magazine, Kurdish fighter Saria Zilan said, “In the past, women had various roles in society, but all of those roles were taken from them. We are here now to take back the role of women in society.”

About 7,000 to 10,000 Kurdish women soldiers, labeled the ‘Angels of Death’ by multiple news sites, make up the all-female branch of the YPG/J (People’s/Women’s Protection Units). These women have been trending on social media and news sources like CNN and TIME magazine.

“Whether the stories are propaganda or not, if being killed by women strikes fear into the hearts of ISIS, I say send women to fight those merciless cowards who massacre and kill innocent people,”said David Logan, a DHS alum and Cavalry Scout in the Army. “Fear is a very powerful weapon to use against the enemy. Honestly if a woman wants to fight for her country, family and freedom, it should be her right as a human being.”

This issue raises the question as to whether women should be allowed and expected to serve in the military. Most would agree that as long as an applicant is qualified for a position, gender is of no importance. However, according to a study published on www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, women on average have 52% of the upper body strength of the average man, making most women unqualified to fight in combat.

“I think this portrayal of Kurdish women fighters can come from a place of ignorance. I would challenge anyone who views this as a feminist issue and also doesn’t know about the standards people are forced to meet when they enlist in the military and the importance of those standards. I don’t care if you’re transgender, gay, or a man or a woman, if you can’t meet these standards then you shouldn’t be allowed to serve.  It shouldn’t be about gender, it should be about standards,” said Ryan Montgomery, a former English teacher at DHS and Army veteran.

The Kurds are an ethnic group of 25-35 million. They don’t have a permanent nation state and instead inhabit a region straddling parts of Turkey, Armenia, Syria, Iraq and Iran. This has made them super vulnerable to the conflicts in the region and because of this Kurdistan has become wrought with poverty.

“The reason they allow so many women to enlist is because they don’t have a choice. Quantity has a quality,” said Montgomery