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Syrian Father, Daughter Fight ISIS to Defend Border Town of Kobani

By    |   Wednesday, 03 Dec 2014 09:29 AM

A Syrian father and daughter have joined the fight against ISIS, though neither knew the other had taken up arms until they ran into each other on a street corner three weeks ago.

Pervin Kobani, a 19-year-old Kurdish female fighter who has been holding the front-line of the border town of Kobani for two years, said she did not know that her father, Farouk Kobani, joined the fight against ISIS in September, according to the Daily Mail.

Pervin Kobani is among a group of female Kurdish fighters who have been helping the town fight against ISIS since mid-September, according to NBC News. She said when she ran into her father on the street three weeks ago, she was stunned to find him holding a gun.

"Honestly, when I heard my father is fighting on the western front with the [Syrian Kurdish self-defense force] YPG, I was so proud of him, and it made me want to fight more," Pervin Kobani said, according to the Daily Mail. "I didn't really have any other ambitions. I just wanted to live a free life, as a woman, [to] be able to see our reality, and have our rights and just live."

She said she and other Kurdish fighters are determined to keep ISIS out of the border town even if it means giving up their lives.

"If we don't defend it well, they will enter," Kobani said. "We cannot say they are only in the south. If there is no protection on two fronts, ISIS will enter the city. But we won't allow the terrorist groups in until the last drop of our blood."

The Kurds have been working together with the Free Syrian Army allies, which has been assisted by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes to keep ISIS advances into Kobani at bay since September. The larger Syrian war has killed more than 200,000 people in less than four years, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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