Kurdish Patriot Killed By ISIS Suicide Bombers
At a time of life that many American youths are protesting for free higher education and seeking “safe spaces” to hide from offensive words, 22 year old Kurdish freedom fighter Asia Ramazan Antar had already devoted three years of her young life to her people and their defense. Antar, a machine gunner since the age of 19, was killed when she reportedly tried to stop an attack by three Islamic State (Isis) suicide car bombers. Antar, dubbed “Kurdish Angelina Jolie” by the Western media for her good looks, had become the poster girl for the Syrian Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) in the war-ravaged country. YPJ is the all-female brigade of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) — both of which are the armed wings of a Kurdish coalition that has taken de facto control over much of Syria’s predominantly Kurdish north, Rojava.
Antar was one among the female Kurdish fighters guarding the village of al-Yashli when the ISIS militants launched the attack. She stopped the cars being driven straight at the Kurdish frontline position, “She and her fellows blew up two of them but the last was very close to her when it exploded,” Commander Shirin Abdullah, YPJ spokeswoman, said. She is said to have died immediately when the suicide car bombs exploded.
“The YPJ have been instrumental in the battle to take back control of Kobani from ISIS. These women fighters know that, if captured, they will be raped and killed; therefore they fight knowing that they must succeed in battle or become a suicide warrior to avoid being captured. The YPJ is also thought to be feared by ISIS, who believes that if a female kills them in battle, it will be a disgrace and dishonour, and will prohibit them from entering paradise.”