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Kurdistan’s Peshmerga female fighters take on Isis

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have moved into parts of northern Iraq abandoned by the army in the face of an advance by jihadist-led rebels.

The Peshmerga - the Kurdistan Region's security forces - have been instrumental in securing the territory, as well as disputed areas abandoned by Iraqi security forces, during the Isis advance.

Shaimaa Khalil met members of an elite female unit as they prepared to go to the frontline.