We have seen horrific stories of the Islamic State taking Yazidi sex slaves, now numbering over 3000. They risk death and suffer the worst forms of brutality when they try to escape.
There is a group of Yazidi women who have had enough; among them are artists and a range of professionals. They comprise an all-female battalion that has been battling the Islamic state in Iraq, hoping to wipe it out.
In the U.K. Telegraph, Commander Khatoon Khider told a story that depicts the courage of these brave women of valor. She states: “Our holy book prohibits us from killing, so it was not lightly that we decided to take up arms.”
Like her other female comrades, she could no longer stand by and watch helplessly as Islamic State jihadists continued their genocide against her people, murdering their male loved ones, marauding in their villages, and taking their women and girls into sexual slavery.
Khider described the tragic scene when Islamic State jihadists descended on her village:
“They seemed to have come from nowhere on that hot August day in 2014.
The balaclaved men began shooting from their pickup trucks, driving more than 50,000 people seeking safety up Mount Sinjar….
…There was nothing for us to eat or drink, and no milk for the children. I saw people leave their elderly parents by the road as they could not care for them. I saw mothers throwing their babies off the mountain so they didn’t have to watch them suffer a slow death.”
Those who managed to escape recounted experiences of more cruelty, such as children as young as nine being raped and killed in front of their mothers. Khider’s friend Ceylan was bought at a slave auction in a local market by an Islamic State emir, and Khider describes the horrifying fate of her dear friend:
“She was taken by ISIS as a sex slave and when they asked her to go to the bathroom to prepare herself as a bride for one fighter, she hanged herself rather than let anyone touch her. They then raped her dead body in front of the other women to make an example…..”
These jihadist barbarians have declared war against the West, while comfortable Westerners underplay their zeal and the reality of the threat. The Islamic State along with their fellow jihadis — both violent and stealth — will continue to be insidious in their advance, all using different means, but with the same goal: conquest.
The plight but also bravery of Yazidi women enduring and battling this curse should serve as an example and a wake-up call to all Westerners.
“Yazidi Female Fighters Tell Daesh They’ll ‘Wipe Them Out'”, Sputnik News, July 12, 2016:
Near the front lines of northern Iraq, there are a number of volunteer brigades comprised of locals who have taken on the bold task of defending their villages from Daesh. They are located west of the city of Mosul, the self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate’s largest stronghold in the country.
One of the villages, Wadi Shlo, is being defended by an atypical battalion – an all-female Yazidi group. The Yazidis are ethnically Kurdish and native to the region; they practice their own monotheistic religion.
Faced with the prospect of living as slaves under Islamic fundamentalist tyranny, these ladies chose instead to put on military uniforms, take up arms and look bravely into the frightening eyes of the terrorist threat.
Every female soldier has her own task: while some exchange fire with the enemy on the front lines, others provide the support functions that are essential to any fighting force.
Sputnik Arabic sat down with one of the front-line soldiers to learn the details of their day-to-day fighting.
Red-haired 22-year-old Wadhat Khalil Salekh took part in the liberation of Sinjar province, and has been involved since the very first days of the operation. She told Sputnik that female brigades have conducted a number of offensives over the last several months to liberate their homeland from Daesh.
There are hundreds of Yazidi women and girls fighting the terrorists alongside Yazidi men.
“I decided to join one of the female battalions, Yekîneyên Jinên Sengalê, since the terrorists committed genocide against our people in August, 2014,” she told Sputnik.
“Now I am taking part in the military operation in Sinjar province to fully liberate my homeland from the terrorists,” she added.
Wadhat, together with her two sisters, has killed scores of terrorists. Her task is not only fighting at the front-line but repelling counter-attacks during the liberation of occupied villages.
“At first we were being trained by women from the People’s Protection Units of Sinjar (HPG) on the border with Syria and other regions of Iraqi Kurdistan. Nowadays we are mostly involved in operations to liberate Yazidi hostages who have been captured by Daesh. My own relatives are among them,” said Wadhat.
This 22-year-old lady was once a normal girl with academic goals and career ambitions. However, the infamous Yazidi genocide of 2014 compelled her to take up arms.
Now she has the only wish: to liberate all the Yazidi women who were captured by Daesh in Iraq and return peace to the region.
“I am addressing all the Daesh militants and their commanders: “We will wipe you out from the whole of Iraq! You will be fully ruined!” she said…..