Why ISIS Fears Female Soldiers (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Kobani, Syria, has been under heavy fire from ISIS and was predicted to fall this week to the Islamic State, giving the terrorists control of more than half of Syria’s border with Turkey.

According to Democracy Now (video below), U.S. Department of Defense spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said on Wednesday, "I don’t know that we’re going to characterize the fall of Kobani one way or the other. I think we all understand that that’s a possibility, that Kobani could be taken."

"We recognize that. We’re doing everything we can, from the air, to try to halt the momentum of ISIS/ISIL against that town, but that air power is not going to be, alone, enough to save that city."

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said this week that Kobani was "about to fall" to ISIS, which was expected to start murdering civilians.

However, 9,000 ISIS forces actually pulled back thanks to 2,000 fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and U.S. airstrikes.

"The situation has changed since yesterday. YPG forces have pushed back ISIS forces," Kobani Official Idris Nahsen told AFP.

Esmat al-Sheikh, leader of the Kobani Defense Authority, told AlterNet.org that a large part of the YPG fighters are women, whom ISIS forces fear fighting.

“This is not a myth but reality," said al-Sheikh. "I personally met ISIS fighters face-to-face. Women fighters infringe on their psyche. They believe they won’t go to paradise if they are killed by women. That is why they flee when they see women. I saw that personally at the Celaga front. We monitor their radio calls. When they hear a woman's voice on the air, they become hysterical.”

Arin Mirkan, a commander in YPG and mother of two, reportedly blew herself up with a grenade and took out 23 ISIS fighters earlier this week.

Turkish forces have done nothing to help YPG forces despite pressure from the U.S. Instead, the Turkish army is actually arresting Kurds fleeing Kobani.

Turkey receives billions in U.S. aid, but refuses to help stop ISIS because Turkey is the main black market for stolen oil, much of which ISIS steals from Iran and Syria, notes The New York Times.

Sources: AlterNet.org, Democracy Now, AFP