Iraq’s fearless female anti-ISIS fighters bite into snakes and rabbits as they graduate from Peshmerga training camp
INCREDIBLE pictures show fearless female anti-ISIS fighters biting into snakes and rabbits as they graduate from combat school.
The officers of the Peshmerga – Kurdish military forces – graduated today near the Iraqi-Kurdish town of Soran, 60 miles northeast of the Kurds’ capital, Erbil.
AFP or licensors An Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga female officer bites into a snake at her graduation ceremony[/caption]
AFP or licensors Another fearless soldier sinks her teeth into a rabbit[/caption]
During the ceremony, the women sunk their teeth into live snakes and rabbits and took down their male counterparts in combat.
Peshmerga first became a key player in the ground war against ISIS in August 2014 when the Sunni-extremist troops attacked their region.
The Kurdish Peshmerga is renowned for using female fighters on the frontline, with one of the women’s biggest achievements being when they held off an ISIS assault on the city of Kobane , and reclaimed the strategically crucial Mosul Dam soon after it fell to the militants.
ISIS were said to be “terrified of the force because they thought being killed by a woman lost them a place in paradise”.
AFP or licensors A woman bites a rabbit at her turning out ceremony[/caption]
EPA Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take both sides of a rabbit[/caption]
AFP or licensors The women were also seen knocking down their male counterparts in combat[/caption]
Reuters A soldier smashes through a concrete slab with a high kick[/caption]
Reuters The woman demonstrate more skills as they roll through mud[/caption]
EPA Officers in camouflage and face paint in the valley near the Kurdish town of Soran[/caption]
AFP or licensors Male soldiers are seen running after a smoke bomb was ignited[/caption]
AFP or licensors The women stand to attention at their graduation[/caption]
Reuters Peshmerga first became a key player in the ground war against ISIS in August 2014[/caption]
EPA Kurdish Peshmerga fighters show their skills[/caption]
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At the start of 2015, Kurdish forces supported by US-led coalition strikes ousted IS from Kobane on the Turkish border after more than four months of fighting.
In 2016, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish fighters and Arabs, captured the city of Manbij from ISIS.
And in 2017, they overran ISIS’ de facto Syrian capital, Raqqa.