Wider Image: Kurdish Women Battle Islamic State
Haval Raperin, a member and leader of a group of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters combs her hair at a base in Sinjar, March 11, 2015. Women fighters at a Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) base on Mount Sinjar in northwest Iraq, just like their male counterparts, have to be ready for action at any time. Smoke from the front line, marking their battle against Islamic State, which launched an assault on northern Iraq last summer, is visible from the base. Many of the women have cut links with their families back home; the fighters come from all corners of the Kurdish region. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
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