UPDATE: London’s The Mirror is claiming a Kurdish journalist states that Rehana is alive and well, saying, “Rehana is very much alive. ISIS supporters just trying to lift morale. Tigress is hunting for more. Let ISIS produce even a single picture of Rehana. Propaganda and falsehood runs in their blood. Rehana keeps hunting them.” However, there have been no independent verifications if the claim is true nor has Rehana herself been seen since the ISIS claim of executing her.
With the physical appearance more of a high school cheerleader, complete with smile, this girl actually struck real terror into the hearts of ISIS terrorists. Know to the world only as Rehana, the young Peshmerga fighter who famously flashed a V for Victory hand sign has reportedly been captured by ISIS terrorists and subsequently executed. As reported by the right of center Breitbart.com news portal and also Great Britain’s The Daily Mail, both on Oct. 27, 2014, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to claiming they’ve captured and beheaded the Kurdish freedom fighter whose face was seen world-wide on social media as a camouflage clad fighter during the ongoing battle for the Syrian town of Kobani.
As a member of the Kurdish Peshmerga militia, Rehana was assigned to the People’s Protection Units (Kurdish: Yekîneyên Parastina Gel), locally referred to simply as the YPG, where she reportedly killed upwards of 100 ISIS terrorists. The al-Qaeda allied terrorist group is circulating on the internet photographs of one of their executioners supposedly holding aloft the severed head of the YPG heroine.
In the ultra-fundamentalist world of the ISIS movement, women taking arms is considered strictly haram (Arabic for forbidden).While ISIS looks upon women essentially deserving of the same level of respect due farm animals, the Kurds have a much different outlook. Since April the Kurdish freedom fighter army, the Peshmerga (Kurdish: Pêşmerge, literal translation: “those who confront death”) has establish all-female Woman’s Defence Units which multiple sources cite as having at least 10,000 Kurdish and other women of the regions many ethnic and religious minorities among the rank and file.
While members of ISIS appear to have serious inadequacy issues regarding their manhood, Breitbart.com reporter Mary Chastain notes of the ISIS take on Kurdish women fighters such as Rehana, “Their accomplishments as warriors aside, it is their gender the jihadists fear the most. They believe if they die in jihad, they will be rewarded with 72 virgins in heaven. However, if a woman kills them, the men are denied their virgins.”
Also echoing similar conclusions was Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), who chairs the U.S. House International Relations Committee, “These [ISIS] soldiers apparently believed that if they were killed in battle, they went to paradise as long as they were killed by a man. And these female soldiers were communicating their satisfaction with the fact that they had taken the fight to ISIL and had stopped the advance, turned back the advance — slayed a number of these fighters, who would then run away..”