Osie Greenway Osie Greenway

Osie Greenway is an freelance photojournalist based in Kurdistan, Iraq. Published in The New York Times, Washington Times, TV5 Monde, Deutsche Welle. I studied at Western Universities School of Photojournalism. I shoot both still and video with a 5DMk III, 5DMk II.

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Kurdish Gunsmith Fights ISIS with Rep...
Downtown Erbil
By Osie Greenway
02 Mar 2015

The Kurds’ war against the so-called Islamic State may be grabbing headlines for the battles on the frontline, but far from the fighting the conflict has been good business for 36-year-old Kurdish Erbil gunsmith Bakhtiar Sadr ad-Din Aziz.

Aziz specializes in repairs and custom guns for the Kurds, and Peshmerga are lining up to pick up one of his custom creations, or just to get fixes done on one of their aging AK-47s, M16s or DShK heavy machine guns. 

Bakhtiar’s shop is located in the Iraqi Kurdish capital Erbil’s central bazar, and Bakhtiar said it is a family business that was owned by his father, who was once imprisoned by the Saddam Hussein regime for supporting the Peshmerga.

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Peshmerga Units Clear Explosives Laid...
Kirkuk, Makhmour
By Osie Greenway
13 Feb 2015

According to Kurdish government and Peshmerga officials, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and mines planted by Islamic State militants are the biggest cause of death for Peshmerga forces. ISIS has adopted the tactic of heavily seeding all of the territory it withdraws from with the devices with the intent of slowing down Peshmerga advances. Some IEDs are also intentionally left in fields and homes to target civilians according to Kurdish officials. These images are from frontlines with a Kurdish military engineer team specialized in explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), and a farmer who is affected by IEDs after returning home after weeks of heavy fighting in Makhmour. These images follow with an article that includes demining NGO MAG who weighs in on the issue and has been clearing mines in Iraq for 30 years, as does the mayor of the Kurdish city of Makhmour, whose community is still dealing with getting rid of massive amounts of IEDs ISIS left behind to cover their retreat. 

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Coalition Military Advisors Training ...
Shekh Omer, Erbil, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
02 Feb 2015

Coalition troops from Holland, England, Germany, and America, Have devoted four weeks for training a specialized platoon of Peshmerga fighters. They were trained in close combat urban situations and offense tacticts to combat ISIS. They were updated in combat medical procedures and how to get their wounded off the battlefield immediatly to be treated. The photos consist of both the urban warfare training and live fire field exercises also the final graduation where the soldiers get a certificate from Coalition officers for there participation. The moral of the peshmerga during training was very high and the recruits were very proactive and responsive to the Coalition trainers. The bond was obvious between the Advisors and the recruits. There was a high level of respect shown to the trainers throughout the training and after their graduation from the four week course. 

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Battle for Mula Abdula Kirkuk, Iraq
Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
02 Feb 2015

Responding to an incursion by Islamic State fighters on the southern outskirts of Kirkuk on Jan. 30, Saturday Peshmerga PUK fighters went on the offensive, launching an attack on the ISIS-held village of Mula Abdulla just five kilometers south of Maktab Khaled.

 

Supported by anti-ISIS coalition airstrikes from A-10 and F-16 aircraft, approximately 600 Peshmerga fighters used tanks, RPGs, and small arms to assault what they estimated to be 250 ISIS fighters holed up in the village. ISIS responded with mortars and small arms, and as of dusk, the battle for Mula Abdulla was still at a standstill. However, ISIS return fire greatly diminished after several passes by an A-10, which struck their mortar positions to the cheers of Peshmerga fighters taking cover behind a berm just 30 feet away.

 

An improvised explosive device struck at least one Peshmerga vehicle; the Kurds warned that many of the devices in the immediate area—held by ISIS just days before—could pose a threat to Kurdish operations. Peshmerga authorities conducted controlled detonations of some the devices they found, as well as buried with a bulldozer the corpses of ISIS fighters killed the day before.  

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses Around the...
Mosul
By Osie Greenway
09 Jul 2014

Kurdish Peshmerga forces, on the outskirts of Mosul, watch as a mortars fired by ISIS hit one of their vehicles and gunfire pins down fellow fighters. Support immediately rushes in to reinforce the area. There were no casualties reported.

The Kurdish security forces are battling ISIS daily in Mosul and the surrounding towns. The Peshmerga are based around Mosul, in defensive positions, protecting the civilians in the area from the advancing ISIS fighters. When the attack came, a home caught fire and Peshmerga fighters went in to rescue civilians fleeing from the fighting. The attacks from ISIS continue but the Peshmerga are there only to respond. Their orders are to defend the newly claimed territory and protect the civilians in the area.

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Kurdish Peshmerga Defenses on the Edg...
Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
07 Jul 2014

July 8, 2014
Kirkuk, Iraq

Kurdish Peshmerga forces of 10th Brigade 3rd Battalion prepare to defend a newly adopted base they arrived at a week ago. The base was built by the American military during "Operation Iraqi Freedom, and later deserted by Iraqi soldiers when ISIS advanced into the territory on the edges of Kirkuk.

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Syrians Patiently Waiting on Syria
By Osie Greenway
01 Mar 2013

Images from Jordan's Zaatari Refugee Camp in the northern town of Mafraq. Here lives more than 140,000 Syrian refugees making this camp Jordan's 4th largest city. The camp began in August of 2012 as a dusty tent filled desert and is now becoming a thriving area with shops and restaurants.

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The Modernization of Morocco's Ancien...
Thagazout, Morocco
By Osie Greenway
02 Mar 2014

Taghazout, Morocco is a small fishing village 12 miles north of the city of Agadir, in the south west of Morocco. The mostly Berber population in the village is estimated to be around 6,000. The main sources of income for the people are tourism, fishing and the production of Argan oil. Taghazout lies on the west coast of Morocco and is known for its abundance in tuna, bonito, and sardines. The village has been a fishing spot for over 100 years, with generations of fathers and grandfathers working side-by-side.

This traditional pastime has changed much in the past decade. Modernization has changed everything, from a shift in traditional livelihoods, to a shift in the type of tourism Moroccans are cultivating in the village. Modern equipment such as boat motors and tractors have cut down on the physical labor - before the tractor, wooden slabs were laid out and men would push and pull the large wood crafts up and down the shore. But this generation of fishermen is aging, and is not being replaced by the young. Young men in Taghazout do not wish to become fishermen as their fathers did, but instead more and more, to tap into the riches of surf tourism, which has become a booming industry in the area. They also commute to the factories nearby for stable work. These new factories sprouting up along the coast line are taking young would-be fishermen away from the village and polluting the waters they fish in.

Surfing tourism began in Taghazout in the early 1970s. It started out as a small surf community, and has since become a globally recognized location for surfers from around the world. Moroccans have bought up real-estate and businesses in the village and surrounding areas to prepare for their future in tourism. They also do this to compete with Saudi Arabian contractors building massive resorts up and down the coast between Agadir and Taghazout.

Tourism in Morocco is becoming a new keystone in the structure of the Moroccan economy. Foreigners come from around the globe to surf the world class surf that surrounds Taghazout and with them comes western culture. Taghazout so far has accepted the cultural and religious distractions without problem and many look forward to a future in the developing town. Some villagers fear what will happen too their culture, traditions, and religion as their culture and trades are turned into a tourism business.

"Without the tourism this town would be dead and the only jobs here would be fishing or the factories", said Tariq Kabbaj, the Mayor of Taghazout.

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Female Migrant Workers in Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon
By Osie Greenway
26 Feb 2014

Migrant workers in Lebanon have little protection under current labor laws, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation. Many of Lebanon’s estimated 200,000 domestic workers who come to the country for work often face extremely challenging living and working conditions. It is estimated that there are thousands more foreign workers in the country. The Human Rights Watch estimated that in 2008, an average of one domestic worker died in Lebanon per week. Most of these deaths are a result of suicides or attempts to escape their employers. Even when they manage to escape, once their contract is broken, they no longer have identification documents and can end up in an even more deplorable situation. The situation for these migrant workers as a whole is difficult. But despite the challenges and dire situations for a majority of migrant domestic workers, some of them have also done incredible things in Lebanon with their personal strength and the support of their network in the country. Each of these women have a story. And each story tells a piece of the collective experience of a female migrant worker in Lebanon. Masaret fights quietly for the rights of migrant workers, from helping people in her network trapped in a bad situation to the people in her building without food. Rahel Zegeye, who is a domestic worker by day and a filmmaker/artist by night, fights louder. Rahel Abebe, who started a catering service for Ethiopian food in Lebanon’s capital of Beirut, and was Lebanon's first migrant worker to have a lawsuit filed on her behalf against discrimination. These are the female migrant workers of Beirut. Photos by Osie Greenway Text and Captions by Melissa Tabeek

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Car Bomb Blasts Beirut Suburb
Beirut
By Osie Greenway
09 Jul 2013

Tuesday morning’s explosion tore through the Dahiyeh neighborhood — a Hezbollah stronghold — in Beirut’s southern suburbs, leaving at least 53 injured and extensive damage in its wake. The reported 35kg bomb was planted under a car, leaving a crater in the parking lot of a grocery store.

The blast comes amid heightening sectarian tensions in Lebanon, as the spillover from the war in neighboring Syria continues to affect Lebanon. July 9, 2013.

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Kurdish Gunsmith Fights ISIS with Rep...
Erbil
By Osie Greenway
05 Mar 2015

Aziz works on an American made assault rifle in his small shop in Erbil, Iraq while helping a customer with a question he has regarding issues with his rifle.

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Kurdish Gunsmith Fights ISIS with Rep...
Iraq, Erbil
By Osie Greenway
02 Mar 2015

Kurdish gunsmith Bakhtyar works on a Russian made machine gun in his shop in Erbil, Iraq where his father and grandfather worked before him fixing weapons for the Peshmerga during clashes in the region. His expertise is in Russian weaponry because that what the Kurdish have been fighting with for decades. He is sometimes called to the front lines to repair heavy machine guns that would be a hassle to transport from the frontlines back to Erbil.

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Kurdish Gunsmith Fights ISIS with Rep...
Iraq, Erbil
By Osie Greenway
02 Mar 2015

Customers wait on their repairs as Bakhtyar hosts his clients with tea and conversation in his shop that has been used by his family for generations to fix weapons used by the Peshmerga.

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Kurdish Gunsmith Fights ISIS with Rep...
Iraq, Erbil
By Osie Greenway
02 Mar 2015

Bakhtyar a Kurdish gunsmith works on an American made assault rifle in his shop in Erbil, Iraq where his father and grandfather worked before him fixing weapons for the Peshmerga during clashes in the region.

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Kurdish Gunsmith Fights ISIS with Rep...
Iraq, Erbil
By Osie Greenway
02 Mar 2015

Kurdish gunsmith Bakhtyar works on a Russian made machine gun in his shop in Erbil, Iraq where his father and grandfather worked before him fixing weapons for the Peshmerga during clashes in the region. His expertise is in Russian weaponry because that what the Kurdish have been fighting with for decades. He is sometimes called to the front lines to repair heavy machine guns that would be a hassle to transport from the frontlines back to Erbil.

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Kurdish Gunsmith Fights ISIS with Rep...
Iraq, Erbil
By Osie Greenway
02 Mar 2015

Customers wait on their repairs as Bakhtyar hosts his clients with tea and conversation in his shop that has been used by his family for generations to fix weapons used by the Peshmerga.

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Kurdish Gunsmith Fights ISIS with Rep...
Iraq, Erbil
By Osie Greenway
02 Mar 2015

Bakhtyar a Kurdish gunsmith works on an American made assault rifle in his shop in Erbil, Iraq where his father and grandfather worked before him fixing weapons for the Peshmerga during clashes in the region.

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Kurdish Gunsmith Fights ISIS with Rep...
Iraq, Erbil
By Osie Greenway
02 Mar 2015

Bakhtyar a Kurdish gunsmith works on an American made assault rifle in his shop in Erbil, Iraq where his father and grandfather worked before him fixing weapons for the Peshmerga during clashes in the region.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

Peshmerga EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit begins clearing makeshift mines on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants two days ago. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it. Here a IED explodes in an attempt to disarm the explosive so the road can be usable again for armored vehicles.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

An IED explodes as Peshmerga fighters and armored vehicles advance toward Islamic State defenses around the town of Mula Abdula on the outskirts of Kirkuk, Iraq.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

Peshmerga EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit begins clearing makeshift mines on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants two days ago. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it. Here a IED explodes in an attempt to disarm the explosive so the road can be usable again for armored vehicles.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit commander surveys the road for more IEDs left by Islamic State militants during their retreat. In the month of January three Peshmerga officers were said to be killed by IEDs in Kirkuk from the EOD unit.

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Kirkuk, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit commander surveys the road for more IEDs left by Islamic State militants during their retreat. In the month of January three Peshmerga officers were said to be killed by IEDs in Kirkuk from the EOD unit.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

Peshmerga mine disposal unit begins clearing IEDs on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants days before to cover their retreat into the town of Mula Abdul. By using cables to charge the explosive and control detonate it. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it this is called a cluster.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

This bridge is where Islamic State militants are digging in and preparing for assaults on Kurdish positions. This frontline has gone back and fourth for four months the Peshmerga is on the offensive now that Coalition airstrikes have proved to be effective in the recent days. This area and others that were taken back by Peshmerga forces had to be swept for IEDs. It was said that at night the fighters from the Islamic State group sneak across no-mans land and plant IEDs in a cluster on main roads used by Kurdish forces.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

"The Islamic Caliphate State" is tagged on the wall of a home in a deserted village with spray paint used as a territory marker by Islamic State fighters that once controlled the town two miles west of Makhmour, Iraq. The homes and roads of this village were destroyed and the area was covered in IEDs left by the Jihadi militants before their retreat out of the area.

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Peshmerga Battle Islamic State 13
Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

Home made Islamic State improvised explosives left in farmer's fields and buried underneath main roads after ISIS militants retreated from the city of Makhmor, Iraq after an offensive by Peshmerga forces and Coalition airstrikes.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Peshmerga mine disposal unit begins clearing IEDs on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants days before to cover their retreat into the town of Mula Abdul. By using cables to charge the explosive and control detonate it. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it this is called a cluster.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
12 Feb 2015

Islamic State IEDs recovered by Peshmerga EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit in the town of Makhmour, Iraq. These IEDs were designed to be detonated by a home made pressure plate device charged by a 9 volt battery.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

View from inside an armored vehicle used by a Peshmerga EOD team in Kirkuk during IED clearing operations on the front lines of Kirkuk, Iraq.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Peshmerga mine disposal unit soldiers begin clearing IEDs on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants days before to cover their retreat into the town of Mula Abdul. By using detonators filled with explosives the EOD team is able to control detonate the IEDs. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it this is called a cluster.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
26 Jan 2015

This vehicle was pulled off the Makmour, Iraq front lines after running over IED.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
31 Jan 2015

Peshmerga mine disposal unit begins clearing makeshift mines on the Kirkuk front line left by Islamic State militants 2 days ago. In a section of road no more than 30ft there were over 15 IEDs planted within it. Here a IED explodes in an attempt to disarm the explosive so the road can be usable again for armored vehicles.

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Makmour
By Osie Greenway
26 Jan 2015

Farmers in Makhmor are coming home to their lands after the fighting has stopped and finding there fields covered in IEDs and booby traps with most of their fertilizer stolen by ISIS militants from their storage.

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Makmour
By Osie Greenway
26 Jan 2015

Home made Islamic State improvised explosives left in farmer's fields and buried underneath main roads after ISIS militants retreated from the city of Makhmor, Iraq after an offensive by Peshmerga forces and Coalition airstrikes.

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Makmour, Iraq
By Osie Greenway
26 Jan 2015

Blast site of a roadside explosive device left by Islamic State militants that detonated underneath a Peshmerga vehicle will advancing toward ISIS positions in an attempt to push them out of Makmour, Iraq. There were no casualties reported from the blast.

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Makmour
By Osie Greenway
26 Jan 2015

Islamic State IEDs recovered by Peshmerga EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit in the town of Makhmour, Iraq. It was said by the units commander that not only the roads were mined but inside the civilians homes and in front of their doors and windows. In this pile are several different types of explosive devices the square IED is a pressure plate mine used for vehicles and tanks usually place on a road and the other is a barrel IED that is also metal soldered together with an explosive charge inside the plastic covering is for waterproofing the IED for the device to last longer in winter weather.

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Kirkuk
By Osie Greenway
26 Jan 2015

Islamic State barrel IEDs recovered by Peshmerga EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit in the town of Makhmour, Iraq. It was said by the units officer that not only the roads were mined but inside the civilians homes and in front of the doors and windows.

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Makmour
By Osie Greenway
26 Jan 2015

Islamic State IEDs recovered by Peshmerga EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit in the town of Makhmour, Iraq. It was said by the units officer that not only the roads were mined but inside the civilians homes and in front of the doors and windows.

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Ana,Iraq
By Osie Greenway
28 Jan 2015

Peshmerga soldier carrying wounded from the frontline to safety during a training exercise.

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Ana,Iraq
By Osie Greenway
29 Jan 2015

Peshmerga unit standing in formation before their graduation ceremony.

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Ana,Iraq
By Osie Greenway
29 Jan 2015

Peshmerga recruits receiving their graduation certificates from officers from both the Netherlands and Peshmerga for finishing the four week training with Coalition advisors

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Ana,Iraq
By Osie Greenway
28 Jan 2015

Kurdish Recruits preforming a live fire exercises that will teach them how to clear an area with three Peshmerga squads converging on one point.

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Ana,Iraq
By Osie Greenway
28 Jan 2015

Kurdish Recruits preforming a live fire exercises that will teach them how to clear an area with three Peshmerga squads converging on one point.

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Ana,Iraq
By Osie Greenway
28 Jan 2015

Peshmerga soldiers on a patrol drill learning how to cover all their flanks while moving through a ravine.

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Ana,Iraq
By Osie Greenway
02 Feb 2015

Kurdish soldiers assault a training building with a British advisor watching and critiquing.

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Ana,Iraq
By Osie Greenway
29 Jan 2015

Peshmerga recruits receiving their graduation certificates from officers from both the Netherlands and Peshmerga for finishing the four week training with

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Ana,Iraq
By Osie Greenway
29 Jan 2015

Kurdish soldiers assault a training building with a British advisor watching and critiquing.

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Ana,Iraq
By Osie Greenway
28 Jan 2015

Kurdish soldiers assault a training building with a British advisor watching and critiquing.