Extreme Tolerance In The Face Of Extreme Intolerance: Hiza Agre Fire Force Unit 80

The Velvet Rocket

This is the English language version of our article published in LiberoReporter.

female-peshmerga-kurdistan A female Peshmerga volunteer

The Hiza Agre Fire Force Unit 80 is a Peshmerga unit holding a front line position on the outskirts of Mosul that is unique in a number of ways. Despite often being compelled to fight with weapons they have been able to capture from ISIS and despite being forced to fight in whatever equipment they can scrape together on their own – one fighter is routinely going into combat wearing bowling shoes – the men and women of this unit have been able to accomplish very much with very little.

The unit, starting with just a handful of combat veterans, has been able to train and deploy over 300 soldiers to participate in what is an existential battle against the Islamic State for many of them. And these new soldiers have more than proven…

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About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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