At least 40 percent of the YPG fighters are women, and they are organized in units called the YPJ. Kurdish men and women fighters have separate barracks where they prepare for war, but they fight in mixed-gender units on the front lines. Women also command units comprised of men and women throughout the Kurdish areas.
“These al Qaeda guys go crazy when they hear that we are women fighters,” says Roshna Akeed, the YPG commander who leads the Kurds on the frontlines of Ras al-Ayn. She notes that the Islamists benefit from thousands of volunteers from Europe and the Middle East, but the imbalance in numbers does not bother her. “Yes, they have quantity,” she says. “But they are lousy fighters. They are unorganized. It is easy for us to kill them.”
Kurds appear to me as the last hope for Middle East.
Maybe because they are maybe the most blatant failure of the Sykes-Picot Treaty’s geopolitical aberration, and they seem on the way to prove to the world that they are ready to have a land of their own.
Maybe because kurds have offered a safe land for all those minorities prosecuted and ethnically cleansed in Iraq, and may be the same for Syria, facing openly the islamist oppressors.
And maybe because their women have been fighting alongside with men for who they are since ages ago, with no need of making this an unnatural act of propaganda, and just that makes them deserve my respect and sympathy.
If you asked me about the creation of a Free Kurdistan connecting Deep Asia and the Mediterranean independently from Arab States and far from their religious and political mess ups… I say do it now in Syria, and in the future in Iraq, if things go as they seem to go.