One of those groups emerging to fight jihadist are the PKK, or the Kurdistan Workers’ Party. There are approximately 20,000 fighters in Syria with up to another 40,000 fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Turkey.
“The Iraqi army collapsed and the Peshmerga failed. We are the only force who has repeatedly defeated jihadist,” said Kawar Singali, who carries a U.S.-made M16 rifle he said he captured from a dead Islamic State fighter. “They fear us, and although no one is helping us, we are getting bigger and more experienced.”
The PKK follows a Marxist, or Communist, political theory that has led to an ongoing war against democratic Turkey for the last three decades.
The PKK have been strong warriors in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq engaging the Islamic State in Syria for the last two years and they are showing some serious military gains using guerrilla techniques and without heavy weaponry, buying their arms – guns, ammunition and rocket propelled grenades – on the black market with funds from European supporters.
The PKK, at the request of Iraqi Kurdish principals, asked PKK fighters for help in the war against IS jihadist. The PKK Syrian units got through Islamic States lines to assist tens of thousands of Yazidis escape from Mount Sinjar where the Christian based groups escaped as the IS overran their homes in Mosul.
Today they are working with many of the Yazidi youth, male and female, they helped to escape from Mount Sinjar last week when they advanced into Iraq and broke IS lines.
A unit of female PKK soldiers are seeking the Islamic State forces who have captured 3,000 non-Muslim girls and women who will be forced into marriage with IS soldiers, sold as sex slaves or shot if they refuse to convert to Islam.
Hundreds of heavily armed female Turkish PKK fighters have moved into Northern Iraq to force IS fighters out. The Iraqi government said that the movement of PKK fighters into its territory is a “flagrant violation” of its sovereignty and said it would complain to the UN Security Council.
The Kurdish fighters arrived in the autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq on Tuesday following a week-long journey armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, light machine guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
They were greeted by Iraq-based PKK members who embraced them and shook their hands.
“We are the first group to reach the safe area in Iraq,” said Jagar, leader of the group of PKK fighters that comprised nine men and six women.
Jihadist have such little respect for women that they do not want to fight them – because if they are killed by a woman they will not go to heaven (note to ISIS fighters: you are not going to heaven anyway.)
Iraqi terror expert Nasser Kataw said: “There has been a re-drawing of battlefield alliances as people who were once enemies have joined together to try and defeat the scourge that is the Islamic State.”