Asmaa Waguih / Reuters A female Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighter stands near a security position in Sinjar, March 13, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters PKK fighters prepare to join others near a position which has been hit by Islamic State car bombs in Sinjar, March 11, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters Displaced Yazidi families live near Sinjar, March 13, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters PKK fighters adjust a machine gun as they prepare to join others near a position which had been hit by Islamic State car bombs in Sinjar, March 11, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters PKK fighters walk through destroyed houses which were freed from Islamic State fighters in Sinjar, March 11, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters A PKK fighter looks towards a position which has been hit by Islamic State car bombs in Sinjar, March 11, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters A female Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighter writes notes as she sits in a security position near a base in Sinjar, March 13, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters A PKK fighter works on her laptop while watching a Kurdish TV station at a base in the Sinjar mountains, March 11, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters A PKK fighter stands outside a base in Sinjar, March 11, 2015. 
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters <span id="a3.1.2.5.1.3.2:CaptionLong_Lbl" class="Lbl">A PKK fighter holds a turkey which had escaped at a base in the Sinjar mountains, March 12, 2015.</span>
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters A PKK fighter waits for a drone to land, in Sinjar, March 11, 2015. The drone had flown to check enemy positions near a site which had been hit by two Islamic State car bombs.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters A PKK fighter adjusts her scarf while another carries a picture of jailed Kurdish militant leader Abdullah Ocalan at their base in Sinjar March 11, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters Damaged cars lie at the side of a road leading to the Sinjar mountains, March 12, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters A PKK fighter sleeps at a base in Sinjar, March 11, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters PKK fighters help in an area they use for cooking at a base in Sinjar, March 13, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters A displaced Yazidi family, including a fighter, who live in tents nearby, chant slogans as a military convoy carrying the body of a Yazidi fighter passes by in Sinjar, March 12, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters Haval Raperin, a member and leader of a group of PKK fighters combs her hair at a base in Sinjar, March 11, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters PKK fighters talk as they sit around a heater at a base in Sinjar, March 11, 2015.
Asmaa Waguih / Reuters PKK fighters leave their base in Sinjar, March 10, 2015.

The Women of the PKK

Meet the Female "Terrorists" Battling ISIS

The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a separatist group based in southeast Turkey, has long been considered a terrorist group by both Ankara and Washington. But now, the group is one of the key forces battling the Islamic State (also known as ISIS). Along with the Peshmerga, made of Iraqi Kurds, the PKK has made significant gains against ISIS, including the liberation of the strategic northern Syrian town of Kobani in January. Around 40 percent of PKK fighters are female, some of whom are also in the senior command. In this photo series, women fighters rest and prepare for their next fight at a PKK base on Mount Sinjar in northwest Iraq. In the distance, smoke rises from the front line. Many of the women, who come from all corners of the Kurdish region, have cut links with their families back home.

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