Bashar Assad

Kurdish female militia vows to keep fighting IS militants

A Kurdish female militia that took part in freeing the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State group said on Thursday it will continue the fight to liberate women from the extremists' brutal rule.

In a highly symbolic gesture, Nisreen Abdullah of the Women's Protection Units, or YPJ, made the statement in Raqqa's Paradise Square — the same place where IS fighters once carried out public killings.

She said the all-women force, which is part of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces battling IS, lost 30 fighters in the four-month battle to liberate Raqqa.

Under the rule of the Islamic State group, women were forced to wear all-encompassing veils and could...

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