Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, 35, from the United Arab Emirates, commands a squadron of F-16 jets and is up in arms against the notorious terrorist organization as part of the U.S. and allies’ airstrikes in Syria.
The brave and accomplished lady, who holds an undergraduate degree in English literature, is the United Arab Emirates’ first female air force pilot.
"It was my aspiration,” she told a local news outlet. "Ever since I finished high school, I wanted to learn flying because it was something that I liked in the first place.”
So when it was announced that the Emirates’ military would accept female recruits, she rushed to join.
Al Mansouri said in an interview that she was never given special treatment during training because of her gender. “Everybody is required to have the same high level of combat competence,” she said.
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The Internet is hailing her as a heroine, as it rightly should:
#ISIS..Shout out to Major Mariam AL Mansouri...Thank you..— why (@Colecoleus4life) September 24, 2014
This badass named Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri was the first FEMALE to drop airstrikes against ISIS What an amazing woman! pic.twitter.com/t2PcxCWKy4— Dylan Powers (@mercs2crazy) September 24, 2014
The United States, along with several Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar, began airstrikes against ISIS in Syria early this week.