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The Kurdish women fighting ISIS

Updated 3:52 PM ET, Thu March 12, 2015
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Women in the Peshmerga, the national military force for the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, undergo drill instruction on their base in Sulaymaniyah.
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Female Peshmerga load rifle magazines. Jacob Russell
Women in the Peshmerga train at the base in Sulaymaniyah.
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Women gather to eat yaprax, a traditional Kurdish dish. Jacob Russell
Two female Peshmerga pray during the afternoon. Jacob Russell
A female Peshmerga wears a badge depicting Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who is Kurdish. Jacob Russell
A female Peshmerga prays near water tanks at the base in Sulaymaniyah. Jacob Russell
Peshmerga women travel through their base in the back of a pickup truck. The bond between the women is clearly strong, and gestures of affection are frequent. Jacob Russell
Female Peshmerga train by conducting a mock assault at their base. Jacob Russell
Female Peshmerga at their base. Jacob Russell