Tekoshin stands on a mountain in north Iraq with a rifle slung over her shoulder and a grenade tucked into her belt, facing jihadists in “a struggle to liberate women”. Women have been fighting alongside men in the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to wrest Mount Makhmur in northern Iraq back from Islamic State (IS) jihadists, whose treatment of women makes the fight especially personal for the dozens of female fighters on the mountain. IS-led militants have overrun large areas of Iraq, and the group also controls significant territory in neighbouring Syria, enacting its harshly restrictive and brutal interpretation of Islamic law in both countries. Some 50 women are among the fighters on the mountain from the PKK, which launched an insurgency for self-rule in Turkey in 1984 and has been listed as a terrorist group by countries including the United States, but began peace talks in 2012.
I don’t normally post political stuff, but this brought tears to my eyes. These women are unspeakably brave, and that is immeasurably beautiful.
PATRONUS QUIZ. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
PATRONUS QUIZ IS COMING.
"Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because they were buried with their swords and shields. By studying osteological signs of gender within the bones themselves, researchers discovered that approximately half of the remains were actually female warriors, given a proper burial with their weapons."
SO, an army of the fiercest warriors in history was half women. Take that, you crazy right wing nut jobs who say women can’t fight in infantry!! Put it in your pipe and SMOKE IT