Christian women fighters take on ISIS in Syria

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DAMASCUS: Women from a Christian militia group are taking on ISIS as more females join the battle against the terrorist group. 'The Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers' so far has around 50 members graduating from its training camp in the town of Al-Qahtaniyeh in the north east of Syria. The "Land Between the Two Rivers” refers to the area between the Tigris and Euphrates waterways, which was historically inhabited by Syriacs and is teeming with women eager to prove their worth against ISIS. Syriac Christians are part of eastern Christian tradition and include both Orthodox and Catholic branches. They make up around 15 percent of Syria’s 1.2 million Christians. Before the Syria conflict began in March 2011, Christians made up around five percent of the population. The units have fought alongside the newly created Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a coalition of Kurdish, Arab and Christian fighters, which recently recaptured the strategic town of Al-Hol. (Mirror.co)