Posted on September 7, 2016 by Editorial Staff in 1 Top News, Kurdistan
Kurdish YPJ female fighter Asia Ramazan Antar known as ‘Angelina Jolie’ of Syrian Kurdistan. Photo: Courtesy of kurdishstruggle/flickr
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— One of the most renowned female Kurdish fighters dubbed the ‘Kurdish Angelina Jolie’ for her resemblance to the Hollywood superstar has died fighting Islamic State in Syrian Kurdistan, it has been claimed, Iran Front Page reported.
According to a report by Al Alam News Network, Asia Ramazan Antar, the 22-year old brunette from the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) was killed in action while fighting IS group.
She is said to have been involved in a number of key battles with IS in northern Syria before she was killed.
A message on the ‘We want Freedom for Kurdistan’ Facebook page said she was ‘martyred in a battle against Daesh [IS]’, the Daily Mail said.
She was born in the Kurdish city of Qamishlo in Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria) near the border with Turkey, and recruited into the YPJ.
Her death has yet to be independently verified while some reports claim she was killed during a clash between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Turkish-backed Syrian opposition.
The YPJ is an all-female branch of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), who fight IS in the Kurdish areas of Iraq and Syria.
The YPG has some 50,000 fighters, 20 per cent of whom are women, and their militia units, which is mainly made up by Kurds, have played a major role in fighting the extremists away from the Turkish border.
Washington regards the Kurdish YPG as key ally against Islamic State and the most effective fighting force against IS in Syria and has provided them with air support as well as the military advisers. The Kurdish militia has seized swathes of Syria from Islamic State.
Syrian Kurds have established three autonomous zones, or Cantons of Jazeera, Kobani and Afrin and a Kurdish government across Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria) in 2013. On March 17, 2016 Syria’s Kurds declared a federal region in Syrian Kurdistan.