Women in Syria are dressing up as Syrian soldiers in a new campaign against the Islamic State group.
The women’s apparel and accessories are being used to camouflage the soldiers’ faces as they carry out airstrikes in the city of Aleppo, which is under a state of siege by the militants.
They are also trying to create an impression of being female soldiers, said Brig. Gen. Salim Ghazi, commander of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) which are in charge of protecting women from the Islamic state.
A spokeswoman for the military coalition in Syria, which includes the US-led coalition, said the campaign would target IS fighters and civilians in Aleppo.
It said the women would not be wearing anything that would be considered offensive to their dignity or modesty.
It said the purpose of the campaign was to create a positive image of women’s capabilities and capabilities to defend themselves.
The campaign would focus on the use of women in combat as well as the protection of civilians, the spokesperson said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said the new campaign, which began Tuesday, had taken the lives of about 200 Syrian soldiers.
More than 10,000 women have been killed in Syria’s five-year civil war, according to the Observatory, which has documented more than 7,300 civilian deaths and 1,600 military casualties.