All-female Yazidi militia launches operation for revenge on Isis in northern Iraq

Kurdistan Solidarity Network

All-female Kurdish-assisted unit declares it will be part of operation to oust Isis from strategically important town of Tel Afar.

An all-female unit of Kurdish-trained Yazidi fighters has said it wants to be front and centre of a new attack on Isis in the north of Iraq, in order to avenge their fellow Yazidi women who have suffered at the hands of the jihadi group.

“We have not forgotten those Yazidi women sold in the slave markets of Mosul or burnt alive,” the Sinjar Women’s Units (YJS) commanders said in a statement.

“We know that the people Isis holds … are waiting for us to rescue them. We will not stop until we liberate our women and take revenge.”

The Yazidi people – a minority population whose beliefs combine elements of Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism – were the targets of extreme violence by Isis when the group captured a third of Iraq in its blitz across the…

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