Women of the Peshmerga.

SULAIMANIYAH, IRAQ: Female Peshmerga train at their base in Sulaimaniyah.

The Peshmerga are Iraqi Kurdistan’s military forces. Unit 70, based in Sulaimaniyah, has a detachment of female Peshmerga who train to be combat ready and in theory may face ISIS on the frontline. The unit also performs an important political and social role, standing for the relatively progressive thinking that many Kurds pride themselves on.

Credit: Jacob Russell

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