Images and Stories of YPJ

Women fighters of the pro-Kurdish Yekineyen Parastina Jin (Women Protection Units: YPJ) tell their stories about why they joined up, the experience of combat and what they are fighting for in this women-only militia amidst the civil war in Syria.



via Kurdistan Tribune


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The jihadist offensive over the predominantly Kurdish region of northern Syria has caused a large mobilization among the population and many women have joined the police and the People´s Protection Units (YPG). Since March 2013, both bodies have their own women’s section with a high autonomy from the central structure. “Much of our work is done jointly with men. We act independently when it is necessary to investigate cases where women are involved,” says Akhin. Now the female share of the military structure is around 35% but commanders point that the goal is to achieve nearly 50%.




via David Meseguer


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Women have long formed a part of armed struggle in Kurdistan, not just in Syria, but also fighting in Iraq, Turkey and Iran. Where YPJ and YPG units fight together on the frontline, women commanders often lead groups of male soldiers into battle. Today, in Syrian Kurdistan they continue their fight not only to defend their homes against ISIS, but also for equality in a traditionally patriarchal society.




via ziv magine


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Even more revealing, the Pentagon announced on October 8 that the US-led bombing campaign in Syria, which it formally named Operation Inherent Resolve on October 15, could not stop the ISIL offensive and advances against Kobani and its local defenders. Instead the US began arguing and insisting for more illegal steps to be taken by NATO member Turkey. Washington began to call for Turkish soldiers and tanks to enter Kobani and northern Syria. In turn, President Erdogan and the Turkish government said that Ankara would only send in the Turkish military if a no-fly zone was established over Syria by the US and the other members of Washington’s bogus coalition.




via GlobalResearch


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