[VIDEO] 60 Minutes Australia Airs Live Footage of Kurdish Female Army Battling ISIS

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Frances Martel reports: The women of the Kurdish People‘s Protection Units (YPJ) fighting the Islamic State on the front lines in Iraq and Syria have a message for the rest of the world: ISIS is not just a threat to them, but “a threat to humanity.” 60 Minutes Australia embedded with YPJ forces in Iraq and Syria and found a tough-as-nails force willing to die to save the world from radical Islam.

 “All of us wanted to live a safe life, to go complete our studies and have boyfriends … but we live in an emergency situation.”

“My first responsibility as a female commander is to prove women anywhere can have a will and a reason to exist,” says one YPG commander to 60 Minutes reporter Tara Brown, explaining that their fight is not one just to save the Middle East and comparing the Islamic State to a “cancer.” She says the soldiers have no “personal fear” on the battlefield, though they do have “a fear for our society and culture.”

The YPJ have one significant advantage against their male counterparts, which has aided their success against jihadists: ISIS terrorists believe that they earn an eternity in Heaven and their own bevy of virgins upon dying in the name of Allah, but such privileges are revoked and they are condemned to shame, rather than awarded martyrdom, if they fall at the hands of a woman. Read the rest of this entry »


Fashion Retailer H&M Forced to Apologize for ‘Kurdish Female Fighter’ Jumpsuit

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Peshmerga style?

“The jumpsuit in question is made in a light and comfortable material and is a part of a larger collection consisting of many garments in khaki green, which also is one of the trendiest colors this season.”

Al Arabiya News reports: Top fashion retailer H&M has been forced to apologize after being accused of releasing a new khaki jumpsuit similar to those worn by female Kurdish soldiers currently battling Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.

[Also see: Al Arabia Reports on Ceylan Ozalp Story; Verification Remains Elusive]

Social media was used on Monday by “dozens” of Kurds to protest the Swedish retailer’s jumpsuit design when it was released in its Autumn/Winter collection earlier this month, according to the Daily Mail.alleged-ozalp-img

“We are truly sorry if we have offended anyone with this piece, this was of course never our intention.”

— Ida Ståhlnacke, H&M’s global press officer

The olive green garment was modeled with a high-waist belt and military boots.

[Also read: Kurdish female fighter ‘killed herself’ to avoid being ISIS hostage]

It appears in the collection as one of its standout pieces. Many have spotted its similarity to the loose-fitting military attire worn by female fighters of the Kurdish People‘s Protection Units (YPG), who have been fighting alongside the Kurdish Peshmerga.

[More: Kurdish Fighter Ceylan Özalp Reported Alive; Contradicts Earlier Unsubstantiated Claims]

“At times like these, they choose to capitalise from the brave kurdish fighters in Kurdistan. They should be ashamed of themselves!” one Facebook user named Arwin Banirad wrote on Facebook, adding that the move was “disgraceful.”

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Another user, Ali Najat Barzinj, described the piece as his country’s “traditional uniform,” adding that “it is not for everyone. [sic]”

Another social media user suggested that H&M should consider giving some of the proceeds from the jumpsuit sales to the Kurdish fighters and their families, according to the Daily Mail.

In an apology, the retailer said it was “never” in its intention to mimic the Kurdish military style. Read the rest of this entry »