Saturday, November 22, 2014

Woman drops out of College to Join Kurdish Fighters Battle ISIS

A Danish woman has become the latest Westerner to travel to the besieged Syrian city of Kobane and join Kurdish forces bravely battling Islamic State militants.
Joanna Palani, a 20-year-old of Kurdish descent, is understood to have written a message on her Facebook page describing a minor foot injury she picked up during a 'hard' attack on the jihadis.
Minutes earlier she had updated the page with a photograph of herself calmly smiling while wearing military fatigues, a bullet proof vest and carrying a large assault rifle - threatening ISIS militants with the words: 'See you on the front line tomorrow'.

Ms Palani has become the latest Westerner to join the fight against ISIS in Kobane, where Syrian Kurds assisted by Iraqi Peshmerga troops and US and Arab coalition warplanes have managed to force hundreds of militants out of the centre of the city.
Details of Ms Palani's journey to fight ISIS in Syria were reported by the Danish newspaper BT.
Less than a month ago she had made a gave an interview to Politiken saying that she was dropping out mid-way through her college course and intended to join the fight against ISIS in Kobane.
A YPG fighter is seen firing at Islamic State terrorists 
from behind sandbags in the city of Kobane
It is likely Ms Palani, who has lived in Denmark since she was three-years-old, has joined the Kurdish YPJ regiment - the all-female force of the better known YPG (People's Protection Unit).
Both groups are affiliated with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party), which has been designated a terror group by NATO, but Ms Palani makes it clear that she does not agree with this assessment.
'The Kurds are fighting for democracy and Western values,' she was quoted as saying.
'If I get captured or killed, I will be proud of why I was killed. If I was afraid of the consequences of going down there, I would not consider it,' she reportedly added.
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