Besieged Kurds in Syria and Iraq see the United States’ bombing campaign against the Islamic State as a good start — but not enough.
Guerrillas from Turkey’s Kurdistan Workers’ Party are on the front lines in northern Iraq. Many of the organization’s leaders, including 24-year-old Avesta, are women.
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq have been outgunned and in retreat from the Islamic State. But not for long, they say.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters honed their skills fighting for independence from Iraq. Now they are the front line against ISIS.