23-Year Old Student Has A $1 Million Bounty On Her Head After Killing Over A 100 ISIS Militants

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Joanna Palani is a 23-year-old college student from Denmark, who also happens to have a bounty on her head of $1,000,000. Why? Because Palani is a crackpot sniper who’s believed to have killed over 100 ISIS militants while fighting alongside the Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq and Syria.

Palani was born in a refugee camp in Ramadi Iraq during the first Gulf War and at the age of 9, she fired her first gun. Inspired to fight for women’s rights, for democracy, and the European values she learned as a Danish girl, Palani dropped out of college in 2014 and left Copenhagen for Syria. Before leaving, she wrote on her Facebook page:

“I am a European Kurdish girl. Most of my beliefs and morals are European. I couldn’t live in Kurdistan for more than one or two years—it is not very comfortable there as a woman for me. However, I would rather choose public justice than personal happiness. I would give my life for Europe, for democracy, for freedom, and for women’s rights.”

Her actions came to the attention of the Danish authorities and upon returning home to her family in Copenhagen for a short period of leave, Danish authorities banned her from returning to her ‘sisters’ on the frontline. Her passport was confiscated and she was told that she could face up to six years of jail time, were she to go back and rejoin her battalion. Unable to leave her comrades to fight alone, she broke her ban and flew back to Iraq. She now faces jail time in her adopted country, while at the same, has to live in constant hiding from fear of reprisal.

“I am sorry for breaking the law but I had no choice in my mind at the time,” she said. “Those I risked my life for, are now taking away my freedom. I did not expect to lose almost everything for fighting for our freedom and our safety.”

“There’s a $1 million reward on my head. It is possible for me to be captured and killed in these circumstances that I find myself in here in Denmark

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Joanna Palani was still a teenager when, in 2014, she dropped out of college and left Copenhagen to go and fight in Syria.

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She wrote on Facebook that she was inspired “to fight for women’s rights, for democracy – for the European values I learned as a Danish girl”

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She claims to have killed over 100 ISIS militants while fighting alongside the Kurdish Peshmerga in Iraq and Syria.

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She also helped to liberate Yazidi girls who were imprisoned as sex slaves.

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“When we were preparing to liberate houses of ISIS sex slaves, we had this saying – one fighter goes to rescue but many fighters will come back out”

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“As a sniper I could be on the front line for nine days at a time. You have to be very patient. You have to focus. You cannot lose concentration for one moment”

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Her actions came to the attention of the Danish authorities who, upon returning home to her family in Copenhagen, who banned her from traveling back to her ‘sisters’ on the frontline.

Image credits: Joanna Palani

Unable to leave her comrades to fight alone, she broke her ban and returned back to Iraq.

Image credits: Asger Ladefoged

After returning to Denmark, She now faces jail time in her adopted country.

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She believes she’s seen as a terrorist in her own country, and she lives in hiding from fear of reprisal.

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“I am sorry for breaking the law but I had no choice in my mind at the time,” she said.

Image credits: Asger Ladefoged

“Those I risked my life for, are now taking away my freedom. I did not expect to lose almost everything for fighting for our freedom and our safety”.