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Around The World 5

Why Does Daesh Want a Kurdish Woman's Head?

Joana Palani, 23, is often the subject of vicious threats both on and offl ine following her return to Denmark. Daesh has offered a USD1 million reward for the killing of a Kurdish-Danish woman who dropped out of university in 2014 to fi ght the terror group in Syria and Iraq.

Palani is currently behind bars and facing trial in Copenhagen for leaving the country after a 12-month travel ban imposed in June 2015. Her trial began on December 21. Palani, whose family originate from Iranian Kurdistan, was born in a refugee camp in Ramadi in Iraq during the fi rst Gulf War. Her family won asylum in Denmark when she was a child. She quit a politics degree to join the Kurdish revolution against Daesh in 2014, fi ghting with both the Kurdish People's Protection Units and Peshmerga forces. Palani said she was inspired "to fi ght for women's rights, for democracy - for the European values I learned as a Danish girl."

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