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They were known, in Kurdish, as "Zhini Shakh" (women of the mountains).
Hero's husband was none other than Jalal Talabani, leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and later, Iraq's first ethnic Kurdish president.
Arab families from the south were relocated to northern areas, notably to Kirkuk.
By the late 1970s, hundreds of Kurdish villages were burned down, particularly along the border regions, to deter the Peshmerga from restarting the resistance.
More than 200,000 Kurds were deported to other parts of the country and often prohibited from even visiting Kurdish areas.
"After our marriage, we lived in Baghdad for two years.
In retaliation, the Iraqi government cracked down heavily on the Kurds and a year later, on March 6, 1975, Baghdad signed the Algiers Accord with Tehran to settle the dispute over the Shatt al-Arab (Alvand Rood in Persian) waterway in return for Iran ending their support for the Iraqi Kurds.
With the Kurdish uprising of 1974 (or what the Kurds call the "Ayloul Revolution") in tatters, the Baathist regime resumed their aggressive Arabisation programme of the oil-rich areas of Kirkuk and Khanaqin, among others.
But within a few years, Baghdad's relationship with the Kurds deteriorated.The failure of the Kurdish uprising led to the fragmentation of the KDP and on June 1, 1975, Talabani and other notable figures from the Kurdish movement formed the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK).By 1977, Talabani and his deputies had returned to the mountains to wage a new war against Saddam's Baathist army.Nowadays, it's the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).Amazonian fighters Since the war began a year ago, Western media has salivated over the Amazonian fighters on the front-lines of the clashes with ISIL.