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Kurdish Peshmerga Fighters Wait for Mosul Battle

Kurdish Peshmerga Fighters Wait for Mosul Battle
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A Peshmerga commander walks along a wall of sandbags protecting the Iraqi Kurdish forces' last military base on the frontline with Islamic State in the Makhmour area of Iraq, March 8, 2016. (S. Behn/VOA)
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A Peshmerga commander walks along a wall of sandbags protecting the Iraqi Kurdish forces' last military base on the frontline with Islamic State in the Makhmour area of Iraq, March 8, 2016. (S. Behn/VOA)

A Peshmerga checkpoint on the road to the Kurdish Peshmerga's final military base before Islamic State-controlled territory begins in the Makhmour area of Iraq, southeast of Mosul, March 8, 2016. (S. Behn/VOA)
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A Peshmerga checkpoint on the road to the Kurdish Peshmerga's final military base before Islamic State-controlled territory begins in the Makhmour area of Iraq, southeast of Mosul, March 8, 2016. (S. Behn/VOA)

Peshmerga elder Omar Mirhan says this weapon was once given by the United States to the Iraqi Army, then captured by Islamic State, only to be won back by the Kurdish Peshmerga in the Makhmour area of Iraq, March 8, 2016. (S. Behn/VOA)
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Peshmerga elder Omar Mirhan says this weapon was once given by the United States to the Iraqi Army, then captured by Islamic State, only to be won back by the Kurdish Peshmerga in the Makhmour area of Iraq, March 8, 2016. (S. Behn/VOA)

Elder Peshmerga fighter and now a volunteer, Omar Mirhan stands with his fellow Peshmerga on a hill overlooking the area of Makhmour which the Peshmerga won back from Islamic State in 2014, March 8, 2016. (S. Behn/VOA)
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Elder Peshmerga fighter and now a volunteer, Omar Mirhan stands with his fellow Peshmerga on a hill overlooking the area of Makhmour which the Peshmerga won back from Islamic State in 2014, March 8, 2016. (S. Behn/VOA)

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