A brave Kurdish woman blew herself up on Monday in-order to slow the advancement of the Islamic militants ISIS on a besieged Syrian town. Deilar Kanj Khamis, known by the nom de guerre Arin Mirkan, blew herself up at an ISIS position east of the border town, killing ten jihadists.
It was the first known case of a female Kurdish fighter carrying out a suicide bomb against ISIS. According to tributes on Twitter, she was a mother with two children, though this was unconfirmed.
While there is little else known about the woman, she was a member of the Women’s Protection Unit, a branch of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG). The force has more than 10,000 female fighters who played a major role in the battles against the IS group.
Yesterday the force suggested all of their fighters would martyr themselves if it meant defeating IS and protecting the pivotal border town.
A press release from the People’s Defence Unit read: ‘As a result of remarkable resistance by our units on the axes of the city, repelling the invading attacks, 15 of our comrades martyred in action after facing the mercenaries with all the strength.
‘Of our martyrs was valiant comrade Arin, she was able to perform the action and kill dozens of ISIS mercenaries and stop their advance, such strong will and determination shown by comrade Arin will be the spirit of resistance in the hearts of all our combatants of the People’s Defence Units and Women’s Defense Units.
‘If necessary, all our fighters will be comrade Arin and shall not allow the mercenaries reach their wishes at whatever cost.’