Female Yazidi Fighters Arrive in Raqqa to Fight Islamic State

Yazidi fighters with the Yekineyen Jınen Sengal (YJS) unit, based in northern Iraqi-Kurdistan, joined the Kurdish YPJ forces (Women’s Protection Units) in the coalition to retake Raqqa from the Islamic State.

This video, uploaded July 6, shows the Yazidi women arriving in Raqqa to a warm welcome from YPJ soldiers.

According to Kurdish news outlet ANF, on July 3 the YJS General Command issued a statement that they will participate in the operation to liberate Raqqa.

The statement reads: “As everybody knows, thousands of Yazidi women were enslaved by ISIS gangs after the genocide on the 3rd day of the 8th [August 2014] month. Most women were sold in Mosul markets, while many others were taken to Raqqa and other cities. As the Yazidi women’s army YJS, we have organized with the vengeance and freedom of the Yazidi women in mind.” Credit: YPJ mediacenter via Storyful