A Danish woman who trained as a sniper and claims to have killed 100 ISIS militants says she returned home only to be treated as “a terrorist.”
Joanna Palani, 22, says that she has a $1 million bounty on her head after returning home from fighting Isis militants in Iraq and Syria.
According to the Daily Mail, Palani dropped out of college in order to fight jihadis in Syria. After training as a sniper, she spent nine days at a time on the frontline alone with her sniper rifle, taking on ISIS targets.
The young woman says she once freed a group of women and children who were being held as sex slaves by ISIS. Once freed, Palani taught them how to fight back and become soldiers.
According to Mirror, Palani is of Iranian-Kurdish descent. Both of father and her grandfather were Peshmerga fighters.
Despite her heroic actions fighting the Islamic State, Palani says she was treated as a terrorist when she returned to her home country.
“I was willing to give up my life and my freedom to stop ISIS advancing, so that everyone in Europe can be safe,” Palani told Mirror. “That was my choice. But I am seen as a terrorist by my own country.”
Palani says she has been forced into hiding since returning home.
“I live in one of the best countries in the world but I am hungry and homeless and freezing cold in bed at night, even though I am working full time,” she said. “I don’t trust anyone.”
Palani was issued a travel ban in September 2015, but she defied authorities and went back to join her Kurdish comrades in a fight against ISIS in northern Syria from June to October 2016
After returning home to Denmark from fighting in Syria, Joanna faces up to two years in prison for breaching her travel ban.
In an interview with Vice, Palani discussed fighting ISIS militants.
“ISIS fighters are very easy to kill,” she told Vice, according to Mirror. “ISIS fighters are very good at sacrificing their own lives, but Assad’s soldiers are very well-traced and they are specialist killing machines.”
Sources: Daily Mail, Mirror / Photo Credit: Joanna Palani via Daily Mail