TOUGH AS NAILS Kurdish Female Sniper Keeps Her Cool Under ISIS Fire, Laughs It Off

A cool head under fire was on display in a video released just yesterday, in which a female sniper of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ, a part of the largely Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces narrowly avoided the bullet of an ISIS sniper who had her in his sights. The dramatic video was first released by Turkish journalist Hemze Hamza through Twitter:

In the second half of the short video, the sniper is seen sitting behind cover, visibly anxious but still smiling.. Her body language communicates her embarrassment at having been caught out, and just a touch of the nerves that follow in the footsteps of near death.

Sniper Battle with ISIS

Response to the video online has been characterized by awe at her cool head under fire, and also criticism of her sniper tactics. Regarding the latter, it should be understood that it is unlikely she was trained as a “sniper” in the Western sense of the word, but probably something closer to what we would call a designated marks(wo)man. The key difference in these roles is that while the designated marksman has more training in marksmanship than the average trooper, they do not receive the same training in – among other things – concealment and camouflage that a true sniper would receive. Still, this close call was surely an lesson all its own, and I doubt she will make the same mistakes next time!

 

Wagging her tongue at Death…



Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Glenn Bellamy

    Gotta love her tactical footwear.

    • micmac80

      Middle east is for flipflops like 5.11 both is for tactitards

    • John Yossarian

      Socks and sandals! *cringe*

      • Edeco

        It’s fashionable! I’m jealous, those kind and shower sandals don’t work for me, I need the kind with toe thongs to floperate.

        • John Yossarian

          Ha! Only about as fashionable as “free bleeding”, or any similar 4chan hoax.

          • Edeco

            Oh you mad cuz she’s stylin’ on ya 😛

  • Shoot and move, she might just have learned it without paying the ultimate price.

    • RSG

      It was almost simultaneous as the incoming shot came within one second. He had her scoped before she even took the shot. She just pulled first.

      • I’d bet she had fired from that position previously. This is not to mention, sh is wearing a bight blue head wrap to highlight her head for a target as well as sticking her barrel out the window to give away her position.

  • Gunga

    God bless these young people that have the courage to fight the Daesh devils.

    • Ralph Mouth

      Although they are bravely fighting scumbag ISIS, understand that the YPJ and other Kurdish groups are Leninist-Marxists. Yes, these are communists who you are praising. If they are successful, the people under their rule will experience totalitarianism in just another form.

      • Rebelminion

        I think most Americans are not really aware of the details on the whole Kurd thing. So there are two distinct groups of Kurds. The Iraqi Kurds and the Syrian Kurds. The two groups could not be more different. Different languages, traditions, etc. The Syrian flavor, as pointed out by Ralph, are NOT good guys – at all. This is a case of scumbags fighting scumbags in Syria. However, the Iraqi Kurds are a completely different story. You can do the research yourself, but I would only support the idea of supplying the Iraqi Kurds

        • I like that they shoot at the guys in black bathrobes, though.

        • Warren Ellis

          I think in general we’re just tired of the pretty much identical shades of Islamism that many of the rebel groups have. The Kurds have been found to be a group that is both secular AND competent at combat. I remember there was some other group that was also secular and being groomed by the West but they were found to be incredibly incompetent (IIIRC the selection criteria was too strict so essentially people who couldn’t fight were left). They were one of those democracy-espousing grouos and secular which generally means they couldn’t fight out of a piss-soaked paper bag.

          So we latched onto the Kurds. Truth be told, I am wary of the PKK. ME secular governments have generally been authoritarian so I don’t really see how their particular secular ideology is any better.

          What is the political ideology behind the Iraqi Kurds?

          • Sermon 7.62

            “Let’s get some weapons from the Yankees and build an independent state.”

          • jcitizen

            They all want autonomy and actually their own country, which ticks off the Turks no end; because a big chuck of their land is inside Turkey. I think they ought to just give Turkey a chunk of country the same size out of Syria, since it is a failed state anyway, and let the Kurds have their chunk of present Turkey and Iraq. That would probably hack the Iraqs off, but tough – they don’t take care of minorities in Iraq anyway so they don’t deserve to make the decision in my opinion.

          • Mikial

            Freedom to live their lives and raise their children without other people dictating how they should do it. Is that so much different from our ideology?

        • ostiariusalpha

          That’s not correct. Kurds in the Mosul/Erbil area of Iraq, also in Turkey and Syria, speak Kurmanji (Northern Kurdish), with a large population of Kurds speaking Sorani (Central Kurdish) around Kirkuk and into Iran. There’s some cultural distinctions, but they have as much in common as the Dutch do with Germans from Münster.

        • NICEGUY777

          100% right

      • gusto

        they may have started out as that but are not anymore

        and the reason for them adopting any sorts of previous marxist-leninist leanings were due to who else were supporting them? the west surely wasn’t so who is to blame them?

        • You’d think Americans would have a better understanding of the concept, given how much experience our intelligence agencies have with backing up anti-communist ideologues of convenience in Central America. And South America. Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia…

          If there were Leopard Seals in Antarctica that could articulate opposition to pro-communist Gentoo Penguins, we’d be in Antarctica handing out export Stingers right now.

          • Klaus

            Wow! Talk about hitting that nail square on its head..

          • Oregon213

            I’ll take commies over ISIS… and a side of irony.

          • tiger

            Damn Commie Penguins!

      • USMC03Vet

        That would be the PKK and they have been designated as a terror group for awhile now. They all aren’t commie scumbags even though the Islamist Turks would try to portray otherwise.

      • JoshuaK27

        man we have been supporting the iraq kurds for a loooooonnnng time, Erbil is a sprawling economic hub, in the past they may have been marxist but from their recent actions within the last decade thats highly disregarded and not practiced.

        • Warren Ellis

          Hopefully they’ve discarded it. Such groups are all too often just more brutal tyrants espousing extremist political ideology, no better than the Islamist rebels.

          • JoshuaK27

            In iraq Kurdistan they have had 4 separate elections that i know of, from what i can gather its pretty similar to Britannia system of parliament. Like Britain they have many parties, but the ones who receive the most votes happen to be the Kurdish democratic party (not dems like here but democracy itself)

          • Warren Ellis

            Regarding the Iraqi Kurdistan groups, I’ve read both they, and perhaps the Syrian Kurd groups as well, are more like personal fiefdoms than anything else.

            Is that true?

          • JoshuaK27

            Yea to an extent they are, but like much of the middle East, think tribal elders , and the areas associated with such . Pretty much the same idea of our local governance here in the states .

          • orhan arsel

            Iraqi kurds are ruled by the right wing Barzani family for the past 60+ years. They are warlords. Syrian kurds on the other hand are Marxists.

        • The Bellman

          Their reigning political theory now is “Democratic Confederalism”, which is a little obscure but seems like a decent idea.

          • JoshuaK27

            Taught me something, never heard the phrase used before. i imagine something along the lines of federalism, Like articles of federalism>?

          • The Bellman

            From the little bit I remember reading from their manifesto it’s essentially based on the existence of independent states bound with some kind of dual-federal system with high democratic involvement. There’s some socialist influences there, more from the left-anarchist side like Murray Bookchin, but it’s a philosophy which suits the area, as it’s focused on maintaining a unified military bloc to defend the state(s) from foreign powers while also giving people of wildly different creeds and codes the ability to coexist.

          • jcitizen

            Partially forced by country border separations.

      • Foma Klimov

        >Although they are bravely fighting scumbag ISIS, understand that the YPJ and other Kurdish groups are Leninist-Marxists.

        It’s funny that you’re implying that “Marxism-Leninism” is a bad thing. I miss the USSR and certainly wish that we never completely abandoned all of its principles in Russia. Too bad Putin is not even half the man Stalin was! The fact that the YPJ are Marxists, makes me respect them even more. Communists were always the underdog good guys, fighting right-wing wackos, be they ISIS or the USA!

        • Sermon 7.62

          Marxism is a good thing and Leninism is bad.

          • SpartacusKhan

            ummmm NO. All forms of Marxism are evil.

          • Sermon 7.62

            “According to Marxist perspective, class conflict within capitalism arises due to contradictions between the mechanized and socialized production performed by the proletariat, and the private ownership and appropriation of the surplus product (profit) by a small minority of the population who are private owners called the bourgeoisie.

            As the contradiction becomes apparent to the proletariat through the alienation of labor, social unrest between the two antagonistic classes will intensify, until it culminates in social revolution.

            The eventual long-term outcome of this revolution would be the establishment of socialism – a socioeconomic system based on social ownership of the means of production, distribution based on one’s contribution, and production organized directly for use.”

            It is “evil” for parasites.

          • DonDrapersAcidTrip

            Your name is basically FacistsFascism but yeah lets hear what you think is evil

        • JoshuaK27

          Lol Stalin?????? I can kind of understand the lore when it comes to Stalin, but the is solely responsible for the deaths and murder of thousands upon thousands of Russians. Do they even talk about the gulag anymore? Or the systematic execution and purges during the 30’s and on the onset of the war? Like seriously man, i have not a problem with any Russians, but Stalin was a bad bad man. You need someone like Gorbachev, maybe with a side of Khrushchev .
          Communism is counterproductive to freedom, and our constitution therefore would never work. You can thank communism for your gun rights being taken away so long ago.

          • Sermon 7.62

            Khrushchev was one of the bloodiest mass murderers during the Red Terror period (that followed after the 1917 coup).

            GULAG (as labor camps) was established in 1918. Stalin inherited all of that.

          • JoshuaK27

            Ok , I should’ve have clarified when I said a “side of Khrushchev ” i meant by some of his diplomatic traits at the moment he traveled to the United States. This was undoubtly a crucial cooling point between the U.S.S.R and the United States.

          • Ralph Mouth

            Stalin murdered thousands? Try tens of millions. 8- 12 million Ukrainians alone from 1931-33.

          • JoshuaK27

            Im not at all doubting the numbers i just used thousands upon thousands, couldve said millions. Arguably when it comes to the Ukrainians, they actually welcomed the Germans into Ukraine for the most part (all because of Stalins terror) had Herman Goring embraced the Ukrainians rather than persecute them, i believe the eastern front would have been won by 42. But as history notes he did us a favor by being a psychopath.

      • iksnilol

        Meh, not really commies the Kurds.

      • DonDrapersAcidTrip

        Another white american moron who doesn’t actually know anything about communism

      • ozzallos .

        Much as I hate to defend the commies, they aren’t engaged in the wholesale slaughter of entire generations these days. Hell, 4chan helped russia direct airstrikes on ISIS forces violating cease fire agreements.

        Today, I’m fine with her blowing the head off some mass murdering f*****. Tomorrow, maybe not so.

      • micmac80

        Communism is exactly what you need in muslim world and its onlyy reason you see females even halfway equal to men there .

        Iraqi Kurdistan is already a dictatorship under one family and combination of petrodolar and US aid , most of the jobs like in most of oil rich of arab world are publicsector jobs.

      • Marxist-Leninists generally hate YPG/YPJ and call them imperialist lap dogs for collaborating with US forces. PYD, the party that YPG/YPJ sprung from, are more some kind of social democratic anarchists. Quite far from authoritarian Marxist-Leninists.

      • Thomas Acquinas

        This is true, but let them kill each other, then they can be dealt with, in a diminished state of course. As for those who criticize the “tactics”, these folks are not highly trained soldiers, costing thousands to train and equip with the latest wiz bang weapons systems. They are fighting for their homes, lives and families with what is at hand. Also of note, it is these rag tag indigenous fighters that have kept US forces pinned down, and ineffective (due in large part to ineffective civilian leadership) in hot spots all over the world. Long after we have walked away from the Middle East and Afghanistan, the indigenous people will continue to fight and repulse Western interventionists. We never learn.

      • Mikial

        I’ve fought beside Kurds. I’ve had my tail gunner wounded on my vehicle by an IED while on DoD contracts. I’ve spent time in Kurdistan. They are good people . . . to be honest, the best people I met in all my years in the Mideast and Near East. They take care of each other and they treat everyone with dignity unless they prove themselves to be terrorists and murderers. They may be Muslims, but I have been a Christian sitting with Kurds and Nepalese Hindus and there was nothing but respect and good company there. Don’t dis the Kurds if you haven’t been there.

    • Sylvain Paquette

      Can someone tell her to remove her blue Head rag seriously she wants to get headshot or what? Wearing camo yet exposing her heard with a blue head piece jezz!

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Theres a fine line between cool and stupid.
    I realize she is doing her best with what she has but just seeing that dark camo/skin/head wrap against the bone white wall makes me cringe.
    You couldnt ask for a better target.

    • hikerguy

      I sadly agree with you. That royal blue head covering just screams “Here I Am!”.

      • Kirk Newsted

        Maybe trying to draw fire so others can target the guy?

      • Gary Kirk
        • Sylvain Paquette

          She needs to remove that blue head pieces it’s really asking to get Headshot ridiculous.

          • Gary Kirk

            Inherent problem is, no one cares for life over there.. They’re just fighting.. Ask anyone that’s actually involved.. They always will, and always find someone else to blame.. Mostly those that try to respond to their pleas for help, and wind up jacked for life or dead.. So these people can continue their heritage of murder.. And every time, the U.S. is brought into it, and we become the new ENEMY.. I say we stop answering the calls to help of every one else.. Sorry, have just lost too many friends to U.S. “we’ll take care of your problem” diplomacy.. We need to just take a step back, and let the idiots of the world weed themselves out for a change..

          • jcitizen

            That would be okay as long as we don’t end up with another world dominating tyrant in the end.

          • Gordon Couger

            In this case it’s like hunter orange. In most cases the UN forces with blue helmets are non combatants.

    • Tassiebush

      She pretty much had the most conspicuous colour in the most visible place.

    • valorius

      You should never have your rifle sticking out the window either. you should be several feet back into the room, but hey, it’s not my head.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Kinda looks like shes on an apartment balcony…
        Nothing else really around to steady the rifle with. Shes not even as tall as that gun.

        • valorius

          Which makes that a really, really bad position. Shrug- it’s not my head.

          • tiger

            Why does the CIA not drop a few copies of the Field manual for sniping to the Kurds?

        • Gary Kirk

          So you poke a mouse hole in the balcony wall, and lay prone a few feet behind..

    • tiger

      It would be nice if we dropped a few copies of the USMC FM for sniping for these folks to study.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Why? So they can use it on us later?

        • tiger

          The Kurds are about the as pro US as anybody in the Mid East.

  • Gun Fu Guru
  • Zingbex

    Which gun, caliber, and scope is she using?

  • RSG

    She’s a keeper. She’s cute, she’s willing to fight and she’s not obsessed with fashionable footwear.

    • Giolli Joker

      She can see you talking to the lady she’s jealous of from a block away… through the scope of her rifle.

    • ProLiberty82

      Yeah, wife potential over 9000. Besides, she wont get mad when I lose my s*it playing Battlefield on the computer and toss the keyboard across the room, she’ll just duck, smile and waggle her tongue at me!

    • Haulin’ Oats

      Socks and Sandles make ISIS, angry. Very angwey.

    • valorius

      With the tactics she’s employing she’s not going to be around for very long.

    • JoshuaK27

      maybe its maybeline?

      • .45

        Maybe it’s cosmoline?

        • JoshuaK27

          k you win

  • Major Tom

    Oh she’s a sniper alright. In the classical World Wars era sharpshooter sense.

  • micmac80

    When you mentioned trained , maybe an hour or two range time just shootign a rifle and some tips and tricks rest is trial and error and many run out of luck

  • Is she a real Muslim or a so-called Muslim? I can never keep track anymore.

    • Tim

      Depends on who’s asking.

    • Ralph Mouth

      The Kurdish forces are all communists and self described Marxist-Leninists.

      • JoelC

        Not all of them, but the YPG is definitely Marxist.

    • ProLiberty82

      She’s a Kurd so probably as “Muslim” as most westerner’s are “Christian”, that’s to say secular as all heck.

      • Warren Ellis

        Many Kurds are Sunni Muslim but they don’t seem to be as swept up with the Wahhabists/Iranian Shias as the rest of the Middle East is with its Sunnis & Shias.

        At the very least they aren’t those Islamists. Those are the ones to watch out for.

    • USMC03Vet

      She’s a moderate Muslim until she isn’t.

    • If she’s shooting Daesh scumbags in the face she can be Church Of Slag-Bah for all I care.

  • Nigel Tufnel

    It’s such a thin line between ‘clever’ and ‘stupid’……..

  • TDog

    A lot of folks are telling her what she did wrong or how she’s not a real sniper and is more of a marksman…

    The irony of extolling the virtues of one’s own expertise via keyboard compared to her actually being on the front lines… oh, it is to laugh.

    • 98C3LCMT9Y4

      And I guess those female Russian snipers in WWII were merely “marksmen” also…..

      • Gordon Couger

        Practice a while and they will make snipers. The Russian girls when up against some awfully good German snipers and killed them. The Russians were better motivated. It was their home and all the Germans were trying to was stay alive and get home by the winter of 44.

      • n0truscotsman

        technically they were, but ‘sniper’ was different in the USSR than what we understand in the United States. Still, I’d consider them snipers.

    • USMC03Vet

      I keep reading stupid comments like this as though everybody that comments online only consist of airsoft players.

      • DonDrapersAcidTrip

        They also include volunteer capitalist fascist bootlickers like you, okay?

  • Ralph Mouth

    She needs to learn not to pop up where you went down last. From the looks of that wall, the enemy knows that this is a favorite spot for the Kurds to shoot at them – the time to relocate is long overdue. Now if only the Kurdish forces can stop being communists!

  • moonstar

    She is a PKK terorist. They killed a Turkish teacher last week. She wiil die at last in teh hand of Turkish Army.

    • JoelC

      Found the Turk! There is always at least one.

    • USMC03Vet

      Nice try, Erdogan!

    • She’s PYD, not PKK.

      • moonstar

        PYD and PKK is the same. Look at the patch in her arm. He is the leader of PKK, Abdullah Ocalan.

        USA is the ally of Turkey since Korean war. But now they support PKK/PYD. It’s a great pity. When Russia becomes a headache more and more, Turkey may not help USA against it.

        • Turks may feel that way. PYD doesn’t seem to.

        • Warren Ellis

          And you guys were arming and helping ISIS. We supported you against your terrorists far longer but the moment some real nasties show up the US started fighting them, your nation was explicitly helping them and funneling money and fighters to them despite knowing the dangers of their radicalization, especially in the age of the Internet.

    • Now tell us how the deliberate and systematic slaughter of over a million Armenians by the Turks somehow wasn’t a genocide.

      • moonstar

        Turkish people come to Anatolia in 1071 A.D. A lot of Armenians there. But no one is harmed. They live together in peace almost 900 years.

        If Turkish people are monster, Armenians can not live after 1071. What happened? Armenians become nationalist after French revolution. And they betray Ottoman Empire during ww1 and help the enemy, Russia.

        Which country tolerate their citizens become traitor and help enemy? Think about it. For example, If Spanish people in USA become traitor during ww3, help Russia and armed against US Army. What woold do American goverment?

        • ProLiberty82

          Hook, line and sinker… every time.

        • Sermon 7.62

          Armenians were the first Christian nation in the world. And during after the WW1 there was an international coup of the Freemasons. In Russia first, in Turkey next. In the US the Federal Reserve was created. Kemal Atatürk was a freemason and so was Lenin.

          So as Lenin was killing Christians in Russia, Atatürk was killing Christians in Turkey (where all Christians happened to be Armenians).

          I can add that even Stalin who was a cruel person didn’t exterminate the peoples who were traitors during the WW2.

        • Tassiebush

          Turkish people are certainly not monsters but your record is not spotless either. This goes for a lot of countries but the noticeable difference is that compared to former western empires you guys seem incapable of reflecting on what you did wrong. If you want to use the Americans as an example you don’t need to make up a ww3 scenario. During ww2 they interned Japanese people and after the war they were released and their suffering and indignity has been acknowledged. The treatment of the Armenians was far less restrained killing huge numbers and it’s been taboo among Turks ever since to talk about it.

        • Tassiebush

          Also your accusation of the Armenians betraying the Ottoman Empire sounds a lot like someone spouting propaganda.

    • JoshuaK27

      i wouldve sad spotted the Ottoman

  • Marc

    It reminds me of the scene in Saving Private Ryan where the bullet skips off the soldier’s helmet and his buddies call him a lucky bastard. Then a couple seconds later……

  • Brett baker

    😍-’nuff said

  • Uniform223

    Life goal, find and marry Kurdish woman/girl

  • Ark

    Yeah maybe you shouldn’t wear a bright freakin’ blue target on your head.

  • Some Rabbit

    Winston Churchill once said that nothing is more exhilarating than being shot at without effect. Once the bullet whizzes by, what’s the point of wringing your hands in dismay? May as well just laugh, because your enemy failed.

    • Car54

      Yup, been there, done that. Kind of a WTF moment if you survive.

  • Spencer Ivey

    Holy hell that was close. An inch lower and we wouldn’t have been able to watch that video. (Without an Extremely Graphic warning anyhow). And I don’t care who she’s fighting for as long as she’s fighting against them. The enemy of my enemy is my friend and all that.

    • pun&gun

      Maxim 29: The enemy of my enemy is my enemy’s enemy. No more. No less.

  • Tassiebush

    I just hope she and her colleagues start being more careful about the colour of what they have on their heads.

  • Did that bullet actually come in through the window, though? The angle doesn’t look right; the spall comes off nearly perpendicular to the wall, and there’s a much more obvious in-through-the-window prior hit above her. It really looks more like either a counter-sniper took a shot through the wall (at where a larger male fighter’s head would have been) or a shot came from over the cameraman’s shoulder.

    • Mister Thomas

      Looks like it came from a window behind the cameraman’s position that we can’t see.

  • valorius

    Someone really needs to give that lady as US Army sniper field manual, and direct her to the parts concerning cover and concealment.

  • Ryfyle

    Might wanna look into wearing more Khaki in these mid-east gunfights.

  • Kirk Newsted

    Would love a translation of the video.

  • Sur Komm

    They better gave her some tips on concealment or she won’t live very long.

  • SpartacusKhan

    The YPG/YPJ are NOT communists, and they hardly get along with the PKK, who ARE commies. They are NOT the same thing. People ITT need to stop confusing the two due to Turkish propaganda. Bloodthirsty Turks do not differentiate between all the many factions of Kurds, and if they had their way would treat all Kurds the same way they treated the Armenians and try like hell to wipe them out.

  • God bless her, but let our enemies’ snipers be all like this girl.

  • ozzallos .

    Firearm blog oddly omits type of firearm being employed?

  • Gun Fu Guru

    The tactics are would I would expect from an untrained and inexperienced militia. She should have been in the back corner of the room, preferably with a veil covering the window. This would put her in defilade with an excellent firing position. But no, she is right at the edge of the window, like an idiot. A soon-to-be dead idiot.

  • tiger

    I wish I had Powerball type money, I would help them out. Get them gear, optics, training manuals, etc.

  • Alahahahah

    Let this be a lesson; don’t wear bright blue scarves on your head when sniping!

  • B Hawk

    Sniper? That chick is nothing more then a pop-up target! Guarantee she takes the same position on her next shot, and becomes a notch on rifle stock of the sniper who killed her.

  • LazyReader
  • Martin frank

    maybe lose the bright blue hat next time.

  • Hank Seiter

    She has more balls than I have. Wow! However her cause isn’t really that much better than the Daesch douchebags.

  • Jordice

    This is staged, you can clearly see the shot came from the direction of the camera by the way the fragments rebound toward the direction of the shot.

    • Willy

      And if there have been an opening to the room at her right?

  • jonp

    Thats a lot of guts and shows the gallows humor people on the battlefield develop to cope.
    People should be careful when assessing other cultures to not engage in cultural anthropomorphism. Judging actions of societies that are alien to our accepted values and norms of behavior not to mention clearly defined labels is a perilous undertaking.

  • Marko

    I didn’t read all the comments, to see if my comment has been brought up earlier. She would survive longer if she exchanged her target marker, (the blue bandana) and move after she’d been targeted. (note the pockmarks on the wall).

  • Mustascheo

    I’m guessing she didn’t get much training besides “Here’s a rifle, have at it.”. Totheir credit, these women all have brass ovaries.

    .

  • 2War Abn Vet

    Nice Dragunov!

  • sabasarge

    Uhhhh……might want to lose the blue target, er…..headscarf.

  • Willy

    Given any thought that there may have been an opening to the room at her right?

  • jcitizen

    Maybe she got the guy that missed her! HA! That would be reason to smile right there!

  • jcitizen

    I guess you could claim the Israelis as communists, even though the Kibbutz life style has dissipated since the start of the nation. Maybe at least serious socialists?

  • Eric B.

    She violated a few basic urban sniping rules and therefore made herself an easy target. Hopefully she will learn and change her tactics – and lose that damned blue scarf on her head.
    She’s got courage, now she needs more training.

  • DonDrapersAcidTrip

    We got another rocket scientist here lol

    • n0truscotsman

      It gets kinda awkward in that treehouse, from my perspective. Thats why I made my own. 😛

  • George

    She looks about 14 years old. For her own safety, it probably would have been better if she was rattled some by the round that almost hit her.

  • Sermon 7.62

    I studied economics once and one of the professors was a Marxist. I was impressed and persuaded.

    Most people misunderstand what Marx was teaching.

    • n0truscotsman

      Most people *HAVENTREAD MARX*. Period, end of story.

      Yet they form contentious opinions about what he wrote. Funny that.

  • Sermon 7.62

    You are a misinformed idiot. Marxism is working just fine in civilized countries, like Norway.

    • Yep. The important part is how you get feedback from your people as to what’s working and what isn’t, and how the system makes sure you pay attention to it. Something representative republics and democracies are historically pretty good at and authoritarian/single party rule states are crap at.

  • DAVE WAYNE

    I have nothing , but RESPECT for these Kurdish ladies. They give up family plans. and boyfriends to go kill the ISIS militants. They scare the HELL out of these head chopping maniacs because if a woman kills them on the battle field they go straight to HELL !!! NO 72 VIRGINS, NO HEAVEN NOTHING !!!! and they have been wiping them out. There has to be a way to send them donations for ammo, warm clothes for winter and new boots for winter that fit women. They don’t complain, they just smile and fire away. They are great soldiers.

  • Endlesspath

    If I recall properly, Turkey is now run by an Islamist Semi-dictator President named “Recep Tayyip Erdoğan” (look him up on en wiki org). Freedom of the press, and open peaceful protest aren’t even allowed by him – heck, last time P. Erdoğan was in the U.S. he set his bodyguards on some peaceful Kurdish protesters in the crowd here! There was an attempt by the Turkish military to depose him and return Turkey to a truly secular government (as has been 3 time previously), but Obama so screwed that up (no support) that well – we still have an avowed Islamist running TK.

  • Mack C

    Syrian Kurds; Iraqi Kurds….all the American involvement (collusion) needs to end with fuel-air ordinance from end to end. We have some very serious issues looming right here at home if no one has freakin noticed.

  • warhead

    That footwear tho…

  • Archie Montgomery

    Sir Winston Churchill once observed – regarding his active service in the Boer War – “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.” I think the young lady in the video would now agree with that statement.

    Is she shooting a Drogonov with a folding stock? The magazine looks a bit long for an AK or other ‘short’ cartridge.

  • Mikial

    Anyone who has ever had a close call in combat recognizes this for what it is . . the black humor that keeps you going day after day when you know that at any minute your life could violently end. This is how you get up and get dressed after 3 hours of sleep, load up your kit and head out to another day of sphincter clenching “excitement.” I know that some of you on here are combat veterans, so this isn’t aimed at you. But there are way too many people on these blogs who have never been in that kind of position and yet they think they have the right to judge and make fun. Well, I hate to p*ss in your cornflakes, but if you haven’t been there you should just stick to Call of Duty.