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Who are the female fighters of the PKK?

5 January 2014 Last updated at 06:04 GMT

Kurdish women from Syria and Turkey are taking up arms in the fight for their own autonomous state.

They train with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), militants who have been fighting for a free Kurdistan for over 30 years - mainly against the Turks.

Around 40% percent of the PKK's troops are women.

The BBC's Jihar Gol was granted rare access to the female commanders, where he found they are fighting for more than a Kurdish homeland.

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