Joanna Palani, a 23-year-old Danish girl of Kurdish descent, took a year off college to fight Islamic State for Kurdish forces in Syria.
[dcquiz] Palani left her life as a politics and philosophy student in Copenhagen in November 2014, to fight for her native people’s freedom in Syria. In an interview with Vice published Wednesday, she described life on the frontline.
One of her observations is that ISIS soldiers are “easy to kill,” while the Assad troops are much harder.
“ISIS fighters are very easy to kill, ma’am,” Palani told Vice. “ISIS fighters are very good at sacrificing their own lives, but Assad’s soldiers are very well trained and they are specialist killing machines.”
Palani spent six months with the People’s Protection Unit in Syria and six months with the Kurdish Peshmerga. (RELATED: ISIS Is TERRIFIED Of These Stunning Militia Women [VIDEO])
Palani said she has been obsessed with weapons since she first fired a gun in Finland at the age of nine, which made the transition easy.
“I love it, it’s my life,” she said. “It is very normal for Kurds to learn to use weapons like this.”
Palani is one of 750 European women who have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight. More than 27,000 foreign fighters from 81 countries have joined the conflict in the area since it broke out in 2011. The vast majority fight for ISIS. (RELATED: Meet The Badass Viking Who USES Instagram To Show His Slaughter Of ISIS [VIDEO])
Despite risking her life every day, Palani never thought about going home to Denmark.
“I never thought, I want to go home,” she said. “Honestly, there were some times I was afraid. There were times when I wished I would survive, yes. But there wasn’t one single second where I wished I was home again. I knew I was in the right place.”
Palani is now back in Copenhagen to finish her degrees in politics and philosophy.
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