- Wahida Mohamed has been fighting Islamic fundamentalists in Iraq since 2004
- The 39-year-old grandmother’s husband, father and brother were killed by ISIS, and she has survived six assassination attempts
- She commands a 70-strong militia group in Shirqat and helped drive ISIS terrorists away .
Holding aloft the severed head of an enemy, this militia leader is one of the people most feared by ISIS in Iraq.
Wahida Mohamed Al-Jumaily, a 39-year-old grandmother has lost loved ones in her battle with the terror group – her second husband was killed earlier this year, and jihadists have also killed her father and three brothers.
In response, the military leader – who describes herself as a ‘housewife’ – said, she beheaded her enemies, cooked their heads and burned their bodies.
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Graphic images on her Facebook page show what appear to be two heads in a cooking pot, as well as images of headless bodies, which have seemingly been burned.
Photos also show her tearfully crouched over a dead man, thought to be her second husband who was killed earlier this year.
Last week she told newspaper Al Sabah that she has killed 18 terrorists herself, and added: ‘We are fighting like a family’.
Um Hanadi said she has survived six assassination attempts, and been personally threatened by ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Al-Jumaily, better known as Um Hanadi, heads 70-strong tribal militia group in Shirqat, around 50 miles south of Mosul.
She has helped government forces drive ISIS away, and says she is now top of the group’s hit list, having survived six assassination attempts and received threats from top leaders.
Last week she led a group of 50 fighters into the Shirqat city centre and seized control from ISIS terrorists, Iraqi media reports.
Video shows her commanding units ahead of operations aimed to strike at the heart of ISIS.
Um Hanadi holds a Beretta 9-millimeter pistol aloft in front of some of the men she commands
The grandmother describes herself as a ‘rabat manzal’ – meaning housewife
The grandmother, who describes herself as a ‘rabat manzal’ – meaning housewife – has described taking a bloody revenge against those who killed her family members.
In an interview with CNN, Um Hanadi said: ‘I fought them. I beheaded them. I cooked their heads, I burned their bodies.’
She told Al Sabah that her son-in-law was tortured, with hands and feet amputated, before he was executed, after ISIS took control of Shirqat in 2014.
The militia leader claims to have personally killed 18 ISIS fighters, and said she had boiled their heads and burned their bodies
The militia leader led a group of 50 fighters which fought back ISIS terrorists in Shirqat city centre, Iraqi media reports
She fell foul of fundamentalist groups, which eventually became al-Qaeda and later the so-called Islamic State, after she started working for Iraqi security forces and the coalition in 2004.
The militia leader said: ‘I received threats from the top leadership of ISIS, including from (ISIS leader) Abu Bakr (al-Baghdadi) himself.
‘But I refused.
‘I’m at the top of their most wanted list, even more than the Prime Minister.’
Surveying resources in Iraq, Um Hanadi is one of the most feared figures by ISIS
Pictures on the militia leader’s Facebook page show her alongside heavily-armed fighters, who she has led in successful operations against ISIS
Despite six assassination attempts, Um Hanadi said she is determined to defeat ISIS in her native Iraq
She said her two daughters, aged 22 and 20, are trained and ready to fight, but are currently focused on looking after their children.
The militia leader said ISIS supporters had planted car bombs outside her home in 2006, 2009, 2010, and made three attempts on her life in 2013 and 2014.
She was badly injured, and has scars showing where shrapnel was left in her head and legs.
‘But all that didn’t stop me from fighting,’ she said.
General Jamaa Anad, who commands ground forces in the Salahuddin province, told CNN that the military has provided Um Hanadi with vehicles and weapons.
The grandmother said she has been threatened by ISIS’s senior leadership, but that has not deterred her
A picture of Um Hanadi features on a vehicle used by militia members
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