An Iraqi grandmother alleges that she is one of the people most feared by Isis and that she has received personal death threats from the group’s leader.
Wahida Mohamed Al-Jumaily, said she has beheaded and cooked the heads of Isis fighters to avenge the deaths of her family.
Isis killed her husband, which happened to be her second, earlier this year and had killed her father and three brothers in the past.
Iraqi grandmother popularly known as Um Hanadi, leads a 70 strong militia in the fight against Isis in the recently liberated town of Shirqat, which is 50 miles south of the Isis’ Iraq stronghold of Mosul.
she told CNN “I fought them, I beheaded them, I cooked their heads, I burned their bodies”.
She describes herself as a “housewife,” she has also published a photo on Facebook where she was carrying a severed head, and another showing two severed heads in a cooking pot.
A third photo appears to show her standing among headless bodies which have been burned.She said she hed earlier received personal death threats “from the top leadership of Isis,” she said, “including from (Abu Bakr) al-Baghdadi himself”.
“I’m at the top of their most wanted list, even more than the Prime Minister,” she continued.
“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,” she said in the interview, lifting her headscarf to reveal several scars.
Um Hanadi began fighting jihadists in 2004, she said, working with Iraqi forces and the coalition in the battle against al-Qaeda and later Isis.
She recently led her militia in the battle to help government forces drive Isis from Shirqat. General Jamaa Anad, commander of Iraqi ground forces in Salahuddin province, confired he had provided her group with vehicles and weapons.
“She lost her brothers and husbands as martyrs,” he said. “So out of revenge she formed her own force,” he told CNN.
A female Kurdish fighter (a soldier) has earlier said that Isis fighters are afraid of being killed by a woman in an interview, reason being that if a woman kills them, they won’t go to heaven.