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Was Rehana, the Kurdish Female Warrior, Beheaded?
Rehana is her name and her foe is ISIS in the battle for Kobani (Kobane), a town on the Turkish-Syrian border for the past 3-4 weeks. Just why she is an Internet and Twitter sensation is because of the ISIS claims to have captured her and beheaded this Kurd.
Rehana is to have killed 100 ISIS members in the battle. But, another factor is that she is good looking, unlike many Kurdish members of the Women's Protection Units that act in the rear areas of battle zones. Another factor is she is also a mother. Accounts differ about whether she is dead or not. But, she has become a symbol of the Kurdish resistance at Kobani and good looks always helps. Rehana graduated from her short combat training course given to these "home guard" units around August 22 and most likely posted in the rear areas for security. These YPG units can end up in combat on the front, however, and it is likely she did. The question is did she actually kill 100 ISIS men? That is really a matter of conjecture and maybe propaganda. In the photo posted by ISIS showing a man holding up her head decapitated, some sources say the photo is three weeks old and is not her, but there is a resemblance. Others state it is impossible that such a person could kill 100 ISIS members.
Still, ISIS soldiers do not want to be killed by a woman for if they are, they believe that they will not be awarded 72 virgins to enjoy in heaven. This prize is only awarded if they are killed by a man. I know, such absurdness! So, ISIS may have targeted her specifically for their own propaganda value, just as the Kurds did the same to promote stout defenses.