From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Iraq's Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are trying to reverse gains by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who have overrun much of the country's north.
The group is in control of Iraq's second biggest city, Mosul; and Kurdish forces are trying to keep up pressure on the group's positions.
But as they wait for better weapons to match ISIL, the Kurds say they are in high spirits and are being well paid to fight.
Al Jazeera's Monica Villamizar reports from Khazir in northern Iraq.