Iraqi militiawoman Miaad al-Jubbouri talks to Iraqi soldiers during their fight against Islamic State militants, east of Mosul, Iraq December 7, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Tigris lioness: Iraqi militiawoman fights for revenge against DaeshWearing a camouflage cap over her headscarf, Miaad al-Jubbouri cuts an unusual figure among the hundreds of men fighting to retake a village from Daesh (ISIS) in northern Iraq. The mother of five was the sole woman among a joint force of Iraqi army and tribal militias who attacked the village of Kanous Wednesday – one of multiple fronts in a campaign to drive the insurgents from their remaining strongholds in Iraq."As far as I know he's done nothing wrong," Jubbouri added, the flag of Iraq tied around her neck like a scarf.After her husband was detained, Jubbouri went south to Tikrit and left her children – aged between 1 and 9 – in the custody of a relative so she was free to join the fight against Daesh.Backed by the Iraqi government, the Lions of the Tigris' ranks are drawn from young local men, many of whom used to be in the army and have lost friends and loved ones to the militants.One commander talked about making Jubbouri the head of a female battalion, but the fighters were less enthusiastic about the prospect of their own wives and sisters taking up arms alongside them.
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