From RARE: What the radical jihadists of the Islamic State (ISIS) so often oppress is now one of their most dangerous enemies.
35-year-old Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri is the first female pilot in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Air Force and a squadron commander who flies an F-16 Block 60 jet, the New York Daily News reports.
“It was my aspiration,” she told the National of UAE. “Ever since I finished high school, I wanted to learn flying because it was something that I liked in the first place.”
“A woman’s passion about something will lead her to achieving what she aspires and that’s why she should pursue her interests,” she added.
Al Mansouri is likely to be a big part of the targeted airstrike campaign in Syria.
A meme about her has begun circulating on Twitter: