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Barin Kobane

Barin Kobane, Kurdistan

Barin was a member of the all-women fighting unit of the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG)

She was killed while on active duty.

Lebanese journalist Hifaa Zuaiter wrote: “Barin represents everything we have heard about the courage of the Kurdish female fighters, and her death is far more than the killing of a rival, or the result of a political or ethnic struggle. The horror of displaying her body only because she is a woman stems from the fact that she dared to threaten male hegemony by becoming a female fighter on a battlefield meant for men”.



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West Asia