Female Fighters of Aleppo

Collection with 13 media items created by horizon news agency

01 Jul 2013 04:00

In the Salahaldin neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, young women have joined the first female fighting unit, "Al Mouminin Aisha," to defend their homes and community from attacks by the Syrian regime and their allies. They function under the Al-Tawhid Brigade in Aleppo.

The head of the unit, Um Mohammed, is a mother of four children and the wife of a Free Syrian Army soldier also fighting in Salahaldin neighborhood. She decided to take protection into her own hands and pick up a rifle in hopes of defending her neighborhood from regime attacks and crimes against women such as rape that have been on a rise since fighting began. Um Mohammed has set strict criteria for accepting new members in the female unit, in which any new member should be a female Muslim rebel from Aleppo who fulfills her prayers and all other religious duties and has good reputation. There are currently thirteen members in the unit, ranging in age from 17 to 24.

Um Mohammed says that she is working with the rest of the fighters of the brigade in order to establish an Islamic caliphate state. The trainer, Abu Deeb, explains that the “La Ilaha illa allah” headband on the each female's foreheads is a symbol of the fighters deep faith in their religion, Islam.

They not only are facing challenges on the front lines and among other opposition fights. It's widely-known that other Islamist brigades are not unsupportive of female fighters joining the battle.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (1 of 12)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

This 17-year old former college student now fighter is one of thirteen young Syrian women who have formed their own combat unit called "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" to defend their community from attacks by the Syrian Regime on the Salaheldin neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (2 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

The eyes of a 17-year old former college student now fighter receiving training for combat against the Syrian regime in the "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" all-female fighting group in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (3 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

The "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" all-female fighting unit is trained by Abu Deeb on how to handle weapons they will be using in clashes with Syrian Regime forces in the Salahaldin neighborhood in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (4 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

Members of the "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" fighting group stand alongside their fellow fighter as she is trained on how to handle a rifle in a combat situation in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (5 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

Female trainees of the all female "Al Mouminin Aisha," fighting unit watch closely as Free Syrian Army trainers show their group different weaponry and equipment in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (6 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

Fighters of the all female fighting unit " Al Mouminin Aisha," train on mounting bayonets to their kalashnikovs for possible close quarters battle with Syrian regime soldiers in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (7 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

The leader of the "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" fighting unit trains her fighters on how to set a scope and fire a sniper rifle in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (8 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

One woman of the "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" fighting unit is trained how to use the scope on a sniper rifle in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (9 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

The all female "Al Mouminin Aisha" fighting group gathers equipment to move to their next training location along the front lines of the Salahaldin neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (10 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

Female fighters from "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" form up on the separating line of the Salahaldin neighborhood splitting the area in half between opposition fighters and regime forces in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (11 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

This former university student turned activist picked up a weapon to protect herself and her neighborhood from attacks by the Syrian army in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighters in Aleppo (12 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

The eyes of a 17-year old girl receiving training for combat in the "Um Al-Mouminin Aisha" all-female fighter group in Aleppo, Syria 2013.

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Women Fighter in Aleppo (13 of 13)
Aleppo, Syria
By horizon news agency
01 Jul 2013

A Free Syrian Army trainer, Abu Deeb, sets a rifle scope for sniper lessons for the "Al Mouminin Aisha" all female fighting unit in Aleppo, Syria.