Peshmerga

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29/06/2014. Khanaqin, Iraq. The sniper rifle of a Kurdish peshmerga leans against a wall in their barracks in Khanaqin, Iraq, after troops returned from fighting with ISIS insurgents in nearby Jalawla.  Counted by Kurds as part of their homeland, fighting in the town of Jalawla now consists of occasional skirmishes and exchanges of fire between snipers and heavy machine guns on both sides.<br />
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The peshmerga, roughly translated as those who fight, is at present engaged in fighting ISIS all along the borders of the relatively safe semi-automatous province of Iraqi-Kurdistan. Though a well organised and experienced fighting force they are currently facing ISIS insurgents armed with superior armament taken from the Iraqi Army after they retreated on several fronts. © Matt Cetti-Roberts
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