UPDATE: German Magazine BILD Features Ceylan Özalp Story — ‘Peshmerga Fighter: Suicide Out of Fear of ISIS Rape’Posted: October 2, 2014
Peschmerga-Kämpferin: Selbstmord aus Angst vor ISIS-Vergewaltigung – Politik Ausland – Bild.de
This appeared online about an hour ago, the first I’m aware of the Ceylan Özalp story being picked up by traditional print media. Until now, we’ve only seen it in social media, and blogs. Note that BILD concludes, rather than begins, with the familiar disclaimer:
“The source for the fate of Ceylan Ozalp was not conclusively verify their validity is, however, the descriptions appears authentic.”
Though it’s a less-than-ideal Google translation from German to English, we can see that it remains an “as is” story. However, it includes graphics, maps, a video, and a little more background. Does BILD‘s confidence in its authenticity give it more credibility? Perhaps so. We’ll let the readers decide.
Turkish and French sites occasionally have references, and the BBC has coverage of Kurdish women fighters, but information about Ceylan Özalp is elusive, adding to her increasingly mythic status.
Since this particular European tabloid is the first mainstream news organization to put any effort into telling the story of Ceylan Özalp, I offer it here with minimal interference (other than this introduction) with the German-to-English translation errors untouched. To see it at BILD in the original formatting, go here.
[Do you have a source, or more information about the fate of Ceylan Özalp? If so, drop us a line]
The Kurdish soldier Ceylan Ozalp said to have shot herself after they had no more ammunition to fight against ISIS
When the terrorists had surrounded it to Ceylan Ozalp adopted by radio, took her gun and shot himself. Afraid of being raped by the jihadists like so many women before.
“To the Bitter End”: Peshmerga women fighting against ISIS
For days warriors deliver the terror militia Islamic State in Iraq and in Syria (ISIS, also IS) violent struggle for Kurdish enclave Ain Al-Arab (Kurdish: Kobane) and the surrounding villages. Already 300 villages are in the hands of terrorists, Ain Al-Arab have them surrounded from three sides. Only two kilometers – then they are in town!
The embattled border town of Ain-al-Arab
The Kurdish leader Saleh Muslim told the news agency Reuters: When the ISIS-fighters should arrive in the city, “they will destroy everything and the people slaughtered.” Within a few days the decision would be like.
[click image to go to video at BILD]
The brave Peshmerga fighters
Still trying fighters of the Kurdish people’s defense units, the jihadists to stop. With poor facilities face young, old and women terrorists in the way.
Why do they risk their lives?
“ISIS has come to destroy all humanity,” said one peshmerga fighter. Whether in Erbil or in Ain Al-Arab – everywhere there are the brave Kurdish warrior women who are willing to fight to the “bitter end”.
The case of Ceylan Ozalp
One of them was Ceylan Ozalp (Codex Name: Berivan Sason), such as various media and the Facebook page “Together against ISIS”, citing statements of the Kurdish people’s defense units (YPG) report. She decided her “bitter end” to decide, as the prospect went out for a victory against the terrorists.
ISIS was the end of September their unit surrounded on all sides and set under attack, it says on the next page. All her friends died in a hail of bullets, Ozalp should have continued to fight until they had almost no ammunition.
Then she left on her radio, took her gun and shot himself – in order not to fall into the hands of the rapist. Because of the hatred against fighting women is particularly high among ISIS, since in their ideology a terrorist who is killed by a woman, should not go to paradise.
The source for the fate of Ceylan Ozalp was not conclusively verify their validity is, however, the descriptions appear authentic.
- In Memory: Ceylan Ozalp, Kurdish YPG Fighter (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
- The Mystery of Ceylan Ozalp (punditfromanotherplanet.com)
- RIP Ceylan Ozalp (imgur.com)
- Peshmergas retake Rabia in N Iraq (therebel.org)
- Iraqi Kurds fight ISIS with aged weapons (foxnews.com)
- Turkey mulls military action against Islamic State, coalition strikes near border (theiranproject.com)
- Iraqi Kurdish fighters watch and wait for promised arms (dailystar.com.lb)
- Ten dead as Kurds battle ISIS for Syria border town: activists (dailystar.com.lb)
- Turkey, France to step up fight against ISIS (dailystar.com.lb)