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n. pl. peshmerga or pesh·mer·gas
A member of a Kurdish militia.

[Kurdish pêşmerge : pêş, in front of, before; akin to Avestan paiti, against + merg, death; akin to Avestan mahrka-.]
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Noun1.peshmerga - a member of a Kurdish guerilla organization that fights for a free Kurdish state
Kurd - a member of a largely pastoral Islamic people who live in Kurdistan; the largest ethnic group without their own state
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ANKARA (CyHAN)- Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahceli has lashed out at the government for allowing Kurdish peshmerga fighters to cross into Syria via Turkey, saying it is an act of "treason.
A group of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga troops arrived in Turkey early yesterday on their way to Syria to help their Syrian Kurdish brethren fight Daesh extremists in the embattled border town of Kobani.
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ARBIL / Aswat al-Iraq: The Kurdistan's Peshmerga ministry sent a peace plan to Baghdad through the security cooperation office of the US army in Iraq, according to the media office of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
The Iraqi army still wants to enter Khanaqin, and the peshmerga [Kurdish security force] is present.
BAGHDAD / National Iraqi News Agency (NINA) Spokesman of the international coalition to fight the "Daesh" terrorist organization, confirmed continue to support and training Peshmerga forces, denying e suspending.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iraqi Peshmerga forces said on Wednesday that they have found a tunnel, which is the largest ISIL weapons depot discovered so far in the Bashiqa front.