Of yet, it remains unclear whether Palani participated in combat this time, but earlier she made no secret of her trips to war zones in the past to fight against Daesh. In 2014, Palani left behind her comfortable life as a politics and philosophy student in Copenhagen and joined her fellow Kurds in their fight against Daesh (Palani's parents and grandparents were Peshmerga fighters). During her time in the People's Protection Unit in Syria (YPG) and then the Kurdish Peshmerga (Kurdish: "Those facing death"), Palani notoriously taunted Daesh jihadists as "easy to kill."
"I would rather die in battle than on the run," Palani was famously quoted by Danish newspaper Politiken.
"How can I possibly 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 [Daesh]?" Palani wrote on her Facebook page when she had her passport withdrawn.
Whereas the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, which proved their efficiency against militant Islamists, are supported by the Western nations, including Denmark, Palani's previous association with Kurdish militia group YPG, active in Syrian Kurdistan or Rojava, remains a reason for authorities' concern. YPG is claimed to have ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is officially labeled as terror organization in both the EU and the US.
The case against Palani is being tried behind closed doors. Palani risks a six-month prison sentence for violating her travel ban.