A woman fighter dubbed the 'Kurdish Angelina Jolie' for her resemblance to the Hollywood superstar has died fighting ISIS, it has been claimed. Asia Ramazan Antar was among the ranks of the all-female Women's Protection Units - a Kurdish group battling ISIS near Syria's border with Turkey. But reports have emerged that the 22-year-old brunette has been killed in a fierce clash with the terror network in northern Syria.
Antar was born in 1996 and joined the kurdish YPG in 2014. She is said to have been involved in a number of key battles with ISIS in northern Syria before she was killed. A message on the 'We want Freedom for Kurdistan' Facebook page said she was 'martyred in a battle against Daesh'.
Her death has yet to be independently verified while some reports claim she was killed during a clash between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Turkish-backed Syrian opposition. According to Iran Front Page, Antar was a 'renowned' Kurdish fighter.
The Women's Protection Unit (YPJ) is an all-female branch of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), who fight ISIS in the Kurdish areas of Iraq and Syria. The YPG has some 50,000 fighters, 20 per cent of whom are women, and their militia units, which is mainly made up by Kurds, have played a major role in fighting the extremists away from the Turkish border.