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July 16, 2014
Sulaymaniah, Iraq

With a picture of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leader, and Iraqi President, Jalal Talbani in the background, female Peshmerga Paxshan Omer adjusts the stock of her Kalashnikov assault rifle in her family home in Sulaymaniah. As well as being a single mother, she is a widow, her husband having died of illness in 2000. Paxshan is one of 500 female Peshmerga fighters who are based at the Farmanday Peshmerga base near Sulaymaniah in Iraqi-Kurdistan.