Syrian rebel group to recruit women inspired by bravery of SDF female fighters

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Kurdish female fighters monitoring a security checkpoint in northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

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The deputy commander of the Army of Revolutionaries, or Jaysh al-Thuwar, Ahmed al-Sultan, said on Monday that they will start to recruit women, after being inspired by the heroism of Kurdish and Arab female fighters in the ranks of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Al-Sultan told ANHA that the female fighters in the ranks of the Syrian Democratic Forces have proven their ability to confront terrorism.

“From the beginning of the Sumerian era until now, we see that women are enslaved by men and stripped of all their rights, knowing that they represent the whole society,” he said.

“We see that these women fighters within the SDF are leading a heroic campaign against ISIS terrorism and trying to restore their stolen rights and this is evident in the battles of Kobani, Tel Abyad, al-Shaddadi, al-Hawl, Manbij, and now in Raqqa,” the rebel leader added.

The rebel commander said that for these reasons they are thinking of recruiting more women fighters.

“We, as the Army of Revolutionaries, aim to work on women’s access to their rights, because we know the weight of women in society,” he said.

Therefore, the group will start to train women on how to use weapons and called on all women to join their forces.

The Army of Revolutionaries originally comes from Northern Aleppo, but now also fights in the Raqqa campaign alongside there Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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