The massive scale of violence perpetrated by the self-styled Islamic State has led many victims towards the path of war, but for one Iraqi woman, the war has meant taking the lives of ISIS militants in a manner that would make even the most grotesque killings appear pale in comparison.
Wahida Mohamed, an Iraqi grandmother who lost her two husbands, father and three brothers to ISIS, has led the war against the fundamentalist group by developing her own style of warfare. Reportedly considered as one of the most feared members of the coalition forces that are currently engaged in a battle with ISIS fighters, Wahida admits to have beheaded and cooked the heads of a number of ISIS militants. In her manner of speaking, killing ISIS fighters with such brutality gives them a taste of their own medicine.
Wahida, or Um Hanadi as she is called by the 70-men strong tribal militia she leads, has been helping government forces fight off ISIS for some time now, and only recently helped liberate the town of Shirqat, which sits 50 miles south of the ISIS’ Iraq stronghold of Mosul, reports the Independent. Wahida Mohamed is not new to fighting, as she claimed to CNN in a recent interview, pointing out that before a faction of the Al Qaeda morphed into the now deadly ISIS, she had led the war against them.
“I began fighting the terrorists in 2004, working with Iraqi security forces and the coalition,” she said.
Now, according to her own admission, she is the number one target of ISIS in Iraq, and the top brass of the militant group wants her killed more than the Iraqi Prime Minister himself, Haider al-Abadi.
“I received threats from the top leadership of ISIS, including from Abu Bakr (al-Baghdadi) himself. But I refused. I’m at the top of their most wanted list, even more than the Prime Minister.
Six times they tried to assassinate me. I have shrapnel in my head and legs, my ribs were broken, but all that didn’t stop me from fighting.”
But while she has been a resolute fighter against fundamentalist elements for almost a decade now, it is the manner of her recent killings of 18 ISIS fighters that has made her such a dangerous enemy in the eyes of the militant group. She has adopted the ISIS’ trademark method of killing enemies — decapitation — but has gone one step ahead. To avenge the death of her loved ones, Wahida says, she had to kill, decapitate and then cook the heads of her enemies, according to Mail Online.
“I fought them. I beheaded them. I cooked their heads, I burned their bodies.”
Such have been Wahida Mohamed’s successes that now the government provides her with weapons and ammunition. General Jamaa Anad, the commander of ground forces in her native Salahuddin province, told CNN that Wahida’s hatred against ISIS is fueled by what the group did to her family.
“She lost her brothers and husbands as martyrs,” Anad said.
Today, Wahida is an unequivocally popular figure among government and local militias fighting against ISIS. She even has a widely followed Facebook page, where she uploads graphic images of her killings and the charred bodies of the ISIS fighters she claims to have killed.
“This is all documented,” she told CNN. “You can see it on my Facebook page.”
Now Wahida says she is preparing her two daughters, aged 20 and 22, to help her in the fight against ISIS militants, but for the time being, the Iraqi grandmother does not mind giving some time to them to look after their own children.
One can only hope her grandchildren will not have to continue the battle against ISIS.
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