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PHOTO GALLERY: Syriac Christian female fighters take on ISIS in Syria




Syriac Christian women, members of the battalion called the "Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers" fighting the Islamic State group, take part in a training on December 1, 2015 at their camp in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border (aka Kabre Hyore in Syriac, and Tirbespi in Kurdish) (AFP)

Syriac Christian women, members of the battalion called the "Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers" fighting the Islamic State group, take part in a training on December 1, 2015 at their camp in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border (AFP)

A Syriac Christian woman, members of the battalion called the "Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers" fighting the Islamic State group, load their weapons during a training on December 1, 2015 at their camp in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border (aka Kabre Hyore in Syriac, and Tirbespi in Kurdish) (AFP)

A Syriac Christian woman, members of the battalion called the "Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers" fighting the Islamic State group, takes part in a training on December 1, 2015 at their camp in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border (AFP)

Syriac Christian Ormia, member of the battalion called the "Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers" fighting the Islamic State group, poses during a training on December 1, 2015 at their camp in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border (AFP)

Syriac Christian women, members of the battalion called the "Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers" fighting the Islamic State group, take part in a training on December 1, 2015 at their camp in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border (AFP)

Syriac Christian women, members of the battalion called the "Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers" fighting the Islamic State group, take part in a training on December 1, 2015 at their camp in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border (AFP)

Syriac Christian women, members of the battalion called the "Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers" fighting the Islamic State group, take part in a training on December 1, 2015 at their camp in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border (AFP)

A Syriac Christian woman, member of the battalion called the "Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers" fighting the Islamic State group, has a wooden crucifix around her neck as she takes part in a training on December 1, 2015 at their camp in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border (aka Kabre Hyore in Syriac, and Tirbespi in Kurdish) (AFP)

Syriac Christian women, members of the battalion called the "Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers" fighting the Islamic State group, have lunch on December 1, 2015 at their camp in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border (aka Kabre Hyore in Syriac, and Tirbespi in Kurdish) (AFP)

Syriac Christian women, members of the battalion called the "Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers" fighting the Islamic State group, take part in a training on December 1, 2015 at their camp in the town of al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border (aka Kabre Hyore in Syriac, and Tirbespi in Kurdish) (AFP)

But the "Female Protection Forces of the Land Between the Two Rivers" -- the area between the Tigris and Euphrates waterways historically inhabited by Syriacs -- is teeming with women eager to prove their worth against IS.

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