Today, our camera lens focuses on an Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter circa 2003.  He happens to be a member of the KDP, the Kurdish Democratic Party

Who Are the Peshmerga?

They are the military forces of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. The name “Peshmerga” translates to “those who face death” or “those who stand in front of death.” This force has a rich history and has been integral in the broader Middle Eastern military landscape. Here are some key points about the Peshmerga:


The roots of the Peshmerga stretch back centuries, but the modern Peshmerga forces were formally established after the end of World War I and the establishment of the modern state of Iraq.

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