Rose, a former animal trainer who used to work with lions and other dangerous animals, is now part of the Syrian Army. She is in combat in Aleppo, Syria (video below).
"When Rose first came here, all of the soldiers in her sector were astonished to have a girl among them, but only a few days later, she proved to be like them or even better than them in dealing with armed groups,” Syrian Army Colonel Iyad told RT.com.
"When this crisis began and I left the zoo, I decided to work and serve my country here so that I can get my zoo and old my job back," Rose said. "I expected it would be a matter of one or two years, but we are still here now in our positions."
“Depending on the battle I decide which weapon I use -- a machine gun, BKC, Dhushka -- any weapon which is in my hands, I use it to cover the troops while they’re advancing."
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Rose is known to her enemies as Abu Jaffer, the name of one of lions that she used to train.
Rose said that the enemy, Jabhat Al-Nusra, has shouted at her: “Abu Jaffer, we are coming for you, we won’t slaughter you, we have other plans for you.”
“I replied, 'Do your very best! I am threatened, but it is nothing for me. Mountains aren't scared of the wind, I don't care,'” Rose laughed.
The Washington Post reported in 2012 Jabhat Al-Nusra is an extremist group that has been linked to al-Qaeda. However, the Syrian government has an atrocious record on human rights, which is why the U.S. has called for the removal of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.