'Brigade of the Sun' – the female, fighting force that is taking on ISIS in northern Iraq

Yazidi and Kurdish women in northern Iraq have come together once again to form the female military force, “Brigade of the Sun”.

According to the brigade’s Emir, or leader, there are approximately 140 women within their ranks, all of whom have been instructed in artillery and combat training. Many of the women interviewed, such as Iynes, were formerly in ISIS captivity, and perceive joining the brigade as a way of helping to protect their land and rescue their sisters.

“After I witnessed the abduction of our women and the killing of our men, I decided to fight ISIS until every individual is saved and our region is liberated from terrorists”, said one of the group’s fighters.