Definitions

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  • n. Armed Kurdish fighters.

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  • n. a member of a Kurdish guerilla organization that fights for a free Kurdish state

Etymologies

Kurdish. Literally, "those who face death" (pêş front + merg death + e is). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Kurdistan militia, known as the peshmerga, was put on alert Friday, and sent to the Turkish-Iraqi border that day.

    Iraqi Kurds Call for Turkish Troops to Leave

  • Kurdish troops known as peshmerga are responsible for keeping order, and do.

    Friends in the Mountains

  • They are also demanding greater clarity on the role of, and more funding for, regional security forces known as the peshmerga, many of whom are former militia members who fought Saddam and complain of lower pay and fewer resources than their Iraqi army counterparts.

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  • The Kurds have generally supported the patrols, but Arab and Turkomen officials complain the Kurdish forces, known as peshmerga, are being allowed to infiltrate territory which is not theirs.

    ajc.com - News

  • The attack in Mosul killed at least two people near a checkpoint run by Iraqi security forces, Kurdish security forces known as the peshmerga, and U.S. troops.

    Fore, right!

  • The attack came near a joint security checkpoint run by Iraqi security forces and Kurdish security forces known as the peshmerga, he said.

    News for Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • Four Kurdish soldiers, known as peshmerga those who face death

    TIME.com: Top Stories

  • Kurdish forces called the peshmerga pushed from their three provinces in the north and occupied sections of territory in Nineveh, Kirkuk and Diyala provinces that the Kurds claimed as theirs historically.

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  • Their region has largely escaped the sectarian violence that flared between Sunni and Shiite Muslims elsewhere in the wartorn nation, in part because of the presence of well-trained Kurdish security forces known as peshmerga, who became battle-hardened while fighting Saddam Hussein's regime.

    Assyrian International News Agency

  • Throughout the more than six years of war, Iraqi Kurdistan - which runs its own affairs and is protected by its own militia force known as the peshmerga - has been safer than the rest of the country.

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  • Peshmerga, Peshmerge or Armed Forces of Kurdistan (Kurdish:Pêşmerge پێش مه‌رگه ‌‌) is the term used by Kurds to refer to armed Kurdish fighters. Literally meaning "those who face death" (Pesh front + marg death) the Peshmerga forces of Kurdistan have been in existence since the advent of the Kurdish independence movement in the early 1920s, following the collapse of the Ottoman and Qajar empires which had jointly ruled over the area.
    "Peshmerga." - Wikipedia., the free encyclopedia (17 August 2009) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peshmerga.

    August 17, 2009