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The Kurdish Pershmerga: Those who 'face death'

Updated 4:28 AM ET, Thu March 19, 2015
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A member of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces looks at a cloud of smoke rising from buildings in a village east of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk in March 2015. MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images
Peshmerga fighters stand next to an ISIS sign at the entrance to the northern Iraqi town of Hawija, south of Kirkuk in March 2015 after they reportedly re-took the area from ISIS jihadists. MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images
A member of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces stands guard following clashes with ISIS jihadists during a large operation southwest of the oil hub of Kirkuk in March 2015. MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images
A group of Iraqi fighters made up of government forces, popular mobilisation units and Peshmerga combatants flash the sign for victory during fighting to re-take control of the city of Basheer, 20 km south of Kirkuk, from ISIS in March 2015. MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images
The Iraqi governor of Kirkuk, Najmiddin Karim stands on a trench alongside Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in the city of Kirkuk in March 2015, after the Peshmerga fighters reportedly re-took parts of the area from ISIS. MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters pose for a photo with an ISIS flag in the village of Sultan Mari, west of the city of Kirkuk, in March 2015. MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images
A member of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces walks at the Khubbaz oil field 25 km west of Kirkuk, as smoke billows in the background, in February 2015. MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images
A member of the Iraqi Kurdish forces walks past a damaged building near Al-Assal village, 25 km west of Kirkuk, in February 2015. MARWAN IBRAHIM/AFP/Getty Images
Displaced Iraqi children from the Shabak community, who fled fighting between ISIS jihadists and Peshmerga fighters around the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, play at the Baharka camp, 10 km west of Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, in January 2015. SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images
Tony Sinnott and Yakhi Balak from the 1st North American Expeditionary Force attend a liaison meeting with Peshmerga Brigadier General Hajar Osman Ismael and his deputy. 1st NAEF