“I shot him with four Dragunov rounds and seven M16 rounds, but he still didn’t die.”

Listening to the YPG member relate this story reminded me of an interview with a female YPJ fighter I’d read before I left the United States. She had said that the Daash are completely insane, have bizarre beards, and are all high on drugs. One example she gave was how, in the middle of a battle, one Daash jihadist walked right up to her position. Apparently he was in a daze, stoned out of his mind and disoriented. He walked right in front of the YPJ fighter, so she shot him dead.

Additional anecdotal evidence gathered in Syria appears to support this accusation.

One YPG member told me about a Daash fighter he shot four times with a Dragonov (SVD) sniper rifle. The Dragonov fires 7.62x54R (rimmed) ammunition—a good-sized bullet, comparable ballistically to the American 30.06. The jihadist went down but kept trying to get back up. The YPG shooter then pumped seven 5.56mm rounds into him with an M16. The ISIS militant finally went down, but still refused to die. They went up and recovered the jihadist and brought him to the rear, where he soon died.