German woman fighter dead in Kurd-ISIS clashes in Syria

Kurdish female fighters of the Women Protection Unit (YPJ) squat as they discuss military strategies at a training field near Qamishli.(Reuters)

A young German woman has been killed fighting alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group jihadists in northeast Syria, a monitoring group said on Sunday.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head Rami Abdel Rahman said the woman in her 20s was "killed in the past few hours" in a battle since Saturday for the Kurdish-held town of Tal Tamr in Hasakeh province.

The German, whose name was not immediately available, would be the third Westerner killed among Kurdish ranks in Syria.

Briton Konstandinos Erik Scurfield and Australian Ashley Johnston both died in clashes elsewhere in Hasakeh.

At least 40 Kurdish fighters and ISIS militants have been killed in the Tal Tamr battle, the Observatory said earlier on Sunday.

News of the German woman's death, which was not immediately confirmed by Berlin, came on International Women's Day.

Women account for around 35 percent of the fighting force of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), numbering around 7,000, and they receive the same training as their male comrades.
 

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