It's a tale of two cultures. On one hand you have ISIS, an archaic and brutal order that wants to dial the clock back on society, and especially the role of women. On the other you have the Kurds, who have once again have staked their claim as the bravest fighting force in the region, with one of their most feared weapons being their heroic female warriors.
Kurdish female fighters in Northern Syria:
The idea of a Kurdish woman warrior is not new, as woman have taken up arms for decades in their increasingly moderate culture, especially under a highly oppressive regime of Saddam Hussein. In fact, Kurdish female fighters have become such a normal part of the Kurdish People's Protection force, and its various factions throughout the region, that one of them, known as Narin Afrin, is said to be in co-command of the dire battle against ISIS for the strategic border town of Kobane. Nestled along the Turkish border with Syria, Kobane is the last non-ISIS controlled stronghold for many dozens of miles to the south and the west, and hundreds of miles to the east. Losing it would be a major win for ISIS and a blow to the Obama Administration's highly questionable strategy. Sadly, the outlook is not positive.