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Nation divided over hot rebel fighter

The Islamic State released a video on December 13 showing fighting around al-Tifar Military Airport, a strategic airbase for regime military operations and airstrikes in central Syria. Local activists inside Palmyra said that IS fighters were fighting just a few hundred yards north and west of the airport, which currently remains in the hands of pro-regime forces. Additional activist reports claim that IS fighters have laid siege to the airport, however, such reports remain unconfirmed. The al-Tifar Military Airport lies approximately 40 miles west of Palmyra and 40 miles east of the city of Homs. Credit: Amaq News via Storyful

Joanna Palani became famous worldwide when she declared she was heading to the Middle East to fight the IS terror group.

A DANISH woman who dropped out of university to voluntarily fight Islamic State terrorists in the Middle East could be jailed for up to six months for breaking a travel ban.

Joanna Palani, 23, was slapped with the order in September 2015 after she returned from fighting for Kurdish forces backed by the US-led coalition — which includes Denmark — in Syria and Iraq.

Her lawyer, Erbil Kaya, told the Berlingske newspaper his client acknowledged violating a one-year travel ban imposed by Danish authorities.

If looks could kill … Joanna Palani went to Iraq to fight IS. Picture: Facebook.Source:Facebook

He confirmed she travelled to Doha on June 6, 2016 but did not make clear if she travelled onwards from Qatar.

Palani, of Iranian Kurdish ancestry, lashed out at the Danish authorities for going after her under laws targeting extremists, in a case that’s divided opinion in Denmark.

“How can I pose a threat to Denmark and other countries by being a soldier in an official army that Denmark trains and supports directly in the fight against the Islamic State?” she wrote on Facebook when her passport was seized, according to a translation by The Local.

In an interview with Broadly, Palani talked about how she left Denmark in 2014 to join the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria to “fight for human rights for all people”.

Joanna Palani has lived in Denmark since she arrived in the country as a refugee aged three.Source:Supplied

In a brutally honest interview earlier this year, she said killing members of the terror group was not hard, although the better trained Syrian Government forces were a little more difficult to take down.

“ISIS fighters are very easy to kill,” she said.

“ISIS fighters are very good at sacrificing their own lives, but Assad’s soldiers are very well trained and they are specialist killing machines.”

Palani first went to Rojova in Syria where she was fighting alongside the YPG for six months before joining the Peshmerga in Iraq for the same amount of time.

Joanna Palani dropped out of university to fight IS in Iraqa and Syria.Source:Supplied

She is one of a only a few westerners to have returned home from Syria and Iraq to tell their story.

Palani moved to Copenhagen at the age of three after being born in a UN refugee camp in Ramadi, Iraq, during the Gulf War.

Her father and grandfather were Peshmerga fighters.

She is being held in custody in Copenhagen and is due to return to court on December 20.