Clutching a battered Kalashnikov and with her hair drawn back in a tight headscarf, this is the woman fighter leading the battle against Islamic State in Kobane.
Narin Afrin is commander of the Peshmerga troops defending the besieged Syrian town.
The battle-hardened Peshmerga have proved the jihadis’ most fearsome opponents, and have doggedly refused to give in to the fanatics’ assault.
The commander of the Peshmerga forces, dubbed the Peshmerga Princess, defending the besieged Syrian town of Kobane against IS advances is 40-year-old Mayssa Abdo, who uses the nom de guerre Narin Afrin. She has revealed: 'Thousands of civilians are still inside the town. They can’t go anywhere – all around us is blocked'
The so-called holy warriors of IS – also known as Isis – will be humiliated by the fact that a woman is leading the stubborn fight against them, say their opponents.