Over the last week, yet another fake news headline has been making the rounds on social media.  “Cute girl slays 100 ISIS fighters, you won’t believe what happens next!”  This news item was already clichéd during the heyday of ISIS clickbait articles back in 2015.  Now it is just getting embarrassing to watch people share these stories.

Joanna Palani is a Danish citizen of Kurdish extraction, having been born in a refugee camp in Ramadi in 1993.  Emigrating to Denmark when she was three, Palani told The Guardian that the traveled to Syria to, “to fight for women’s rights, for democracy – for the European values I learned as a Danish girl.”  Palani did in fact travel to northern Syria, called Rojava by the Kurds, where she joined the YPJ militia.

From those basic facts, the media has been having a field day claiming that Palani has a one million dollar bounty on her head for killing 100 ISIS fighters.  Not 99 fighters, not 101, but a nice clean round number of 100.  SOFREP pinged a number of sources who have served with the YPG in Syria as to whether these claims are accurate.  The answer was loud and unanimous: no.

One contact reported, “I saw her 2-3 times over 4 months. Last was outside Manbij at an American SOF medical post. She was being escorted (with a commander and her bodyguards) there looking clean as a whistle, even after 2 months into the operation…while I was seriously hurt, she showed up and was showered with attention and care while she got an IV and some ibuprofen for a headache. Did she snipe down 100 dudes? Hell no. Was she responsible for freeing sex slaves and oppressed women? No. She was just there for the sake of being there.”