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Ako's Ride for Vanity Fair

When Ako Abdulrahman bought a used, bulletproof BMW in 2014, it was the Kurdish soldier’s way of standing out from the crowd, not to mention protecting himself. Two years later—when ISIS invaded Kirkuk and began slaughtering civilians—Abdulrahman and his car made all the difference.

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 Ako has been a fighter since he was young and joined the Kurdish Peshmerga when he was only 15. He has three ink dots near his right eye and the phrase "life is torture" tattooed on his arm. An ambush left him wounded in 2014.

Ako has been a fighter since he was young and joined the Kurdish Peshmerga when he was only 15. He has three ink dots near his right eye and the phrase "life is torture" tattooed on his arm. An ambush left him wounded in 2014.

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 You can read more about Ako in Jeffrey E. Stern’s Vanity Fair story   here  .

You can read more about Ako in Jeffrey E. Stern’s Vanity Fair story here.