USA Ally- Kurdish ‘Angelina Jolie’ Killed by ISIS
Kurdish ‘Angelina Jolie’ devalued by media hype
She was, according to Western media, a poster-girl for her people, admired as much for her striking good looks as her military prowess.
But for her fellow fighters, Asia Ramazan Antar’s portrayal in the press and social media came as both a surprise and disappointment.
The 19-year-old, from the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli, was killed by Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Syria last month.
Focusing their stories on her looks, some Western media said she was known as the “Angelina Jolie of Kurdistan” after the glamorous Hollywood actress.
Some compatriots have decried these comparisons as sexism and objectification.
‘Angelina Jolie of Kurdistan’, a brave soldier, dies while battling ISIS in Syria
Asia Ramazan Antar was only 18 when she joined the Kurdish military organization, Yekineyen Parastina Jin (YPJ), or the Women’s Protection Unit.
If reports are to be believed, this young girl was martyred in a fierce battle with the ISIS in Syria last week. She was 22.
‘Angelina Jolie of Kurdistan’ Asia Ramazan Antar dies fighting Isis in Syria
A woman who was fighting Isis who bears remarkable similarities to Angelina Jolie has been killed in Syria, it has been reported.
Asia Ramazan Antar, 22, is believed to have been killed in fighting in northern Syria.
She was part of the all-female Women’s Protection Units which is based near the border with Turkey and which she had been a member of since 2014.
The group she was fighting with has 50,000 fighters and 10,000 of them are believed to be women.
They have been a key group on the Turkish border which was recently declared cleared of Isis members.
YPG: People’s Protection Units
The men and women who make up the fighting force come from local communities and are mostly Kurdish, but the YPG also fights alongside non-Kurdish soldiers from the area including Syrian, Assyrian and Armenian Christians. And there are a small number of Americans and Europeans who’ve volunteered individually to join YPG in the fight against ISIS.
The Kurdish communities in Rojava have lived there for thousands of years.
US continues to work with Kurdish YPG in Syria despite Turkey’s concerns
A US official confirmed that although they recognize Turkey’s concerns over Kurdish forces in Syria, they will continue to work with the People’s Protection Units (YPG).