These battle-ready Peshmerga fighters were ripping animals apart with their teeth as part of a graduation ceremony.

The hard-as-nails troopers are now ready to defend the Kurdistan region from anyone who poses a threat.

Female members of the Kurdish Democratic Party stood alongside male counterparts for the ceremony in the Iraqi-Kurdish town of Soran.

Recruits crawled through ice-cold mud, tore flesh off snakes and rabbits with their teeth, knocked down comrades and smashed blocks with their boots.

The Pashmerga was a force to be reckoned with when ISIS terrorists launched an unexpected attack on Iraqi-Kurdistan in August 2014.

Its fighters heroically held off an invasion on the city of Kobane in 2014 a brutal four-month battle in which they took back the strategically important Mosul Dam.

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