Syria: Female lion tamer fights militants on Aleppo’s frontlines

Former lion tamer Rose, gave an interview in Aleppo, Monday, where she has taken up a position on the frontlines fighting with the Syrian Arab Army against militant extremists. The soldier left her post at the zoo when the conflict began to join the army. “I was very attached to the animals I raised, I loved them,” she explained. “Now they’re in an area controlled by the opposition, it is a very big sacrifice for me to be away from them.” Fighting has intensified in recent weeks in the major northern Syrian town of Aleppo, which is divided into opposition and government-held territory. Kurdish and government forces supported by Russian air power have made advances in the countryside around the city, cutting rebel supply lines from Turkey, and placing the city under siege.

Former lion tamer Rose, gave an interview in Aleppo, Monday, where she has taken up a position on the frontlines fighting with the Syrian Arab Army against militant extremists. The soldier left her post at the zoo when the conflict began to join the army. "I was very attached to the animals I raised, I loved them," she explained. "Now they’re in an area controlled by the opposition, it is a very big sacrifice for me to be away from them." Fighting has intensified in recent weeks in the major northern Syrian town of Aleppo, which is divided into opposition and government-held territory. Kurdish and government forces supported by Russian air power have made advances in the countryside around the city, cutting rebel supply lines from Turkey, and placing the city under siege.