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Meet the Women Taking the Battle to ISIS

TIME

A colorful scarf is all that is left of Cicek Derek, who was 17 when she died a few months ago in the besieged city of Kobani, Syria, where her compatriots were unable to retrieve her body.

Cicek was one of hundreds of young Kurdish female soldiers who have taken up the fight against ISIS. They’re part of the YPJ, or Women’s Protection Unit, an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a Kurdish nationalist movement that has long fought a war of independence against Turkey.

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Now the PKK and other Kurdish groups are at the forefront of the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, a militant group that would severely curtail the rights of women. It’s fitting that ISIS will be facing off against female fighters like 18-year-old Zilan Orkesh, who left her small village on the Turkish-Syrian border to join YPJ in 2011…

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Guess Who’s Back

After a long time away, I’ve finally decided (and found the time) to come back to the bloggersphere. Now, I believe I lat left you with a breakup esque “we can still be friends, I’ll post whenever I can. Well now that’s all changed. I’ve promised myself to post something (a real post every day) whether this is a good or bad thing I know not, but we shall soon find out, because I intend to make this relationship work out.