Sulaymaniah, Iraq. With a picture of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) leader, and Iraqi President, Jalal Talbani in the background, female peshmerga Paxshan Omer adjusts the stock of her Kalashnikov assault rifle in the family home in Sulaymaniah. As well as being a single mother, her husband having died of illness in 2000, Paxshan is also one of 500 female peshmerga fighters who are based at the Farmanday peshmerga base near Sulaymaniah in Iraqi-Kurdistan. July 16, 2014. Pazhar Mohammad / Metrography.