A brave woman leads the fight to protect her city from ISIS. She has her own militia and is at the top of the “ISIS assassination list”.
When your family and neighbors are attacked, dialing 911 won’t save you, since “when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.” Being prepared, both physically and mentally, to defend yourselves and each other, is the answer, as Um Hanadi knows, and as the people of southern Mexico, the Grupos de Autodefensa Comunitaria, know. Stewart Rhodes put it succinctly, in an email to me:
“It takes a village, and it takes a true militia of the people, to turn the table on dirtbag murderers, terrorists, and wanna-be tyrants and warlords, all over the world. Nothing new under the sun.”
– Shorty Dawkins
by Ben Wedeman, CNN Senior International Correspondent
Shirqat, Iraq (CNN)”Shut up and stay still,” the woman in black fatigues and a black headscarf snapped over her shoulder at the armed men behind her as she sat down for an interview.
Immediately they went quiet, each adjusting his weapon and standing up straight as if he’d been called to attention.
This is a woman who commands respect, I thought. She keeps a Beretta 9-millimeter pistol in a holster under her left arm. The area around the trigger was silver where the paint had worn off.
The woman in question, 39-year-old Wahida Mohamed — better known as Um Hanadi — leads a force of around 70 men in the area of Shirqat, a town 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Mosul, Iraq.
She and her men, part of a tribal militia, recently helped government forces drive ISIS out of the town.
In the man’s world that is rural Iraq, female fighters are a rarity.
Um Hanadi is not new to this.
“I began fighting the terrorists in 2004, working with Iraqi security forces and the coalition,” she says. As a result, she attracted the wrath of what eventually became al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, which later morphed into ISIS.
“I received threats from the top leadership of ISIS, including from Abu Bakr (al-Baghdadi) himself,” she says, referring to ISIS’s self-declared caliph.
“But I refused.”
“I’m at the top of their most wanted list,” she brags, “even more than the Prime Minister.”
Um Hanadi ticks off the times they planted car bombs outside her home. “2006, 2009, 2010, three car bombs in 2013 and in 2014.”
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NOTE FROM STEWART RHODES:
Looks like she is giving tit-for-tat for what ISIS does. Yes, it is brutal, but that is the way it goes in the Middle East, and in many other places around the Third World. Brutal reprisals back and forth. But I really don’t feel sorry for the ISIS fighters. They deserve whatever is done to them, and more. Good riddance to evil trash.
What I found interesting is how average Iraqis are picking up weapons and taking it to ISIS, rather than relying on the Iraqi government, which simply cannot protect them. And how it compares to the average Mexicans who are doing the same to the cartels – they cannot rely on the corrupt Mexican government to defend them against murderous cartel thugs, so they do it themselves, which is what it takes to stop predatory scumbags who prey on people when they are not united in community defense.
And this is important for us to think about, here in the United States, and for us, here in Oath Keepers, with our CPT program. We will need community security, badly, especially during any time of social breakdown, or grid down WROL calamities, when the police will be overwhelmed. Short term, we need real neighborhood watches, with teeth, armed church security teams, and then a well trained posse under the command of a constitutional sheriff. Long term, we need a true revitalization of the militia of the several states, and that means all able bodied citizens, not just “Bubba and his dozen buddies” and well organized, with official sanction by at least a town council, or county commissioners, but ideally, by state statute, and under the command of the Governor of the state. That is a long way off, unfortunately, given our current political situation, but that is what it takes to be both secure, and free. – Stewart Rhodes