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Quarter 1 FEB-1 MAY 2019 : Malala Yousafhai Pakistan - Nigerian schoolgirls - Peshmerga female combatants Koerdistan - Coming up soon: European amazons fighting for a better climate.

 

The amazons heroines of the Peshmerga who do not fear to die.

Kurds dream of a state and for the first time, fighters from all the big Kurdish factions in the Middle East, KDP, PUK, PKK and YPG, are fighting alongside for one goal only: a secular and democratic statehood, it's a hugely powerful moment. And there is one force within the Kurdisch army: the female guerilla combatants who do no fear death they are mostly feared by the IS/daesh.

 


Most of these women look quite young, in their early 20s. The fearless women have been fighting and risking their lives to protect their villages and towns from the terrorists. They mostly have long black hair and their nails red laquered.

Female Kurdish Peshmerga units are taking part in the fighting at Hazir, Naveran and Bashiqa fronts and other fronts untill this day.

Female officers have said that their aim is to fight against the “common enemy” until the final victory, so that women, and the whole population of the region, can live freely. Earlier, in an interview with Sputnik, 32-year-old female commander Berivan Salihber said, “We have been fighting against Daesh for over two years already. There are hundreds of women in our ranks. However there are those who died heroically in fierce battles with the jihadists.” “When they see Peshmerga female fighters, Daesh militants start to panic and try not to engage in an open fight with us, as death from the hand of a woman is considered by them as humiliating and disgraceful.” Salihber said. Note from the editor: Note editor: in the belief of the daesh if they are killed by a female combatant they will not go to paradise and receive their 700 virgins.


 


The female Peshmerga units also want to liberate the Yazidi women whom Daesh holds captive in Mosul and thus they won't leave (note from editor which will be published in an another quarter) the battlefield until Daesh is finally eliminated (note editor : to be followed up by another article from Cryfreedom).

But just who are all these factions, and why do they matter?:
Here is an overview to all Kurdish factions, political or guerilla:

• KDP: Kurdistan Democratic Party, currently the dominant faction in Iraqi Kurdistan, it is a fiefdom of the Barzani clan, and led by the region’s president, Masoud Barzani. He’s the son of a renowned resistance fighter who led the struggle against Baghdad. The KDP is pro-capitalism, pro-West, and close to Turkey.

• PUK: the second faction in Iraqi Kurdistan, and a fiefdom of the rival Talabani clan, led by Jalal Talabani, who was figurehead Iraqi president until this year. It is close to Iran, though not unfriendly to the West.

• PKK: the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a Marxist group that fought a bloody war with Turkey for more autonomy in the Kurdish south-east from 1984 to a ceasefire last year. Its leader, Abdullah Ocalan, known throughout the Kurdish world as Apo, or Uncle, has been in a Turkish prison since 1999.

• PYD/YPG: the Democratic Union Party and its armed wing, the People’s Protection Units, have used the Syrian civil war to carve out a mini-state in three parts of northern Syria, of which Kobane is the one in the middle. It is regarded as so close to the PKK as to be almost a subordinate entity.

• KNC: the Kurdish National Council is a coalition of Syrian Kurdish parties not aligned with the PYD/YPG. It is close to Mr Barzani’s KDP – to the extent that some see it as part of his battle with Mr Ocalan for leadership of the Kurdish world.

What has happened is that Turkey has decided to allow Iraqi Kurdistan’s army, the Peshmerga, to join the YPG, the PKK’s Syrian affiliate, in defending Kobane.

The Kurds of south-east Turkey cheering the Peshmerga convoy as it passes are of course hoping they will save their fellow Kurds in Kobane. But they are also cheering the new-found unity of the Kurdish cause. For once, the faction-fighting of their leaders has been set aside in a common purpose, and the Kurd in the street feels anything is now possible.

Kurdistan is an extensive plateau and mountainous area in the Middle East, inhabited mainly by Kurds. It covers large parts of eastern Turkey, northern Iraq, northwestern Iran and smaller parts of northern Syria and Armenia.

The real problem now, and has always been, is not their political i.e. guerilla power but the ambivalence of the West. Latest excample is when trump on december 19th 2018. declared victory over the IS and would withdrew us boots on the ground. And with him of course the rest of the West joined him in this declararation.  a) the IS is far from defeated and b) the Kurds and with them the female guerilla combatants are stronger than never before. But I think Melania kicked his ass and he declared the withdrewal might take longer because the IS was not defeated and he more than ever depended on the Peshmergas.


 

Gino d'Artali

chief editor

cryfreedom.net 2019