Kurdistan Freedom Party ready to 'sacrifice everything' to stop Iran-backed forces from taking back Kurdish-controlled territories
SAKHARA, Iraq - "What do we want?!" shouted the commander.
"Kurdistan state! Kurdistan state!" reply the Kurdish fighters, mostly young men in their 20s, assembled in the courtyard of their base in Sakhara, south of Kirkuk.
They are Peshmerga fighters from the Hoshabi al-Khalil unit of the Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK), an Iranian Kurdish fighting group whose members have flowed in their thousands into Iraq with the aim, in their own words, to defend Iraq's Kurds from both the Islamic State group (IS) and the agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran.