The Canadian model fighting ISIS in Syria tells us that they’re easier to defeat than you’d think
Hanna Bohman has been fighting ISIS in Syria on and off for most of 2015, and she hasn’t been impressed.
She said that as fighters, the Islamic State militants have “mostly been a disappointment.”
“Their numbers don’t seem that big and they’re eager to run away,” she told INSIDER in an email. “I suspect most of the experienced fighters have been consolidated in Mosul and Raqqa, and that’s where the big fights will be.”
She said that ISIS has successfully made themselves seem bigger and scarier than they are in reality through social media.
Although the group recently claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks that killed hundreds inParis, Beirut, Baghdad, andAnkara and over the Sinai Peninsula, its promise of statehood is quickly diminishing,The New York Times reports.
“They’re not some giant, holy juggernaut of ultimate damnation for unbelievers,” she said. “They’re just a bunch of filthy, mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging pigs who run away at the first sign of resistance. Really nothing more than a thorn in the side.”
A former Canadian model who’s also known as Tiger Sun, Bohman, 46, is one of dozens of Westerners who have joined up with Kurdish nationalist groups to fight the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. She was personally inspired to fight after watching an ISIS propaganda video featuring a Canadian who had gone to fight with the jihadists, she told the Daily Mail.
After recovering from a near-fatal motorcycle accident last year, Bohman, who had no prior combat experience, left Vancouver for Iraq in March. She joined up with the YPJ, the female fighting battalion of the People’s Protection Unit, a Kurdish nationalist fighting force.
Joining the YPJ was easy, she said, much easier than one would expect traveling from the West into the middle of war would be. Upon arriving
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