Ready for battle.
A picture of the women, brandishing Kalashnikov assault rifles, was retweeted around the world yesterday by those anxious to raise awareness of the plight of the people of Kobani.
Kobani, which lies just inside Syria on the border with Nato member Turkey, has been described as the town the world cannot afford to lose to the terrorists.If they succeed in taking it, IS will control an unbroken 125-mile stretch of frontier with Turkish allies.
Kobani is barely more than 200 yards from Turkey, which wants to join the EU, and for the past two weeks it has been possible to stand on a Turkish hillside and watch as the jihadis under their black flag tighten their stranglehold on the Syrian town. A massacre beckons, and nobody seems capable of stopping it.
Seven men and three women from Kobani have already been beheaded by the jihadis, with the women’s heads placed on display….A gruesome photograph uploaded to Twitter purported to show a grinning IS fighter clutching the decapitated head of a girl. And there are sickening reports of women and girls being raped.