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