There has been ample talk in the mainstream media about the hundreds, if not thousands, of young Muslims being radicalized and traveling to Syria and Iraq to fight for the Islamic State group.
Receiving much less coverage in the press, but at least equally as important, is that there are also hundreds of fighters heading to the region to fight against the radical terrorist outfit.
These American and European veterans and concerned citizens are joining with the Kurdish Peshmerga, or the emergent Christian militia, who are pushing back against the Islamic State’s holdings in northern Iraq.
According to Newsmax, more and more Western foreigners are joining a new Christian militia called Dwekh Nawsha, which means self sacrifice in the ancient Aramaic language spoken by Christ and the early Christians that once populated the areas of northern Iraq and Syria.
Brett is a 28-year old U.S. Army veteran who was deployed to Iraq back in 2006. He has now returned to fight, this time alongside the Kurds, noting that the battle is different this time as he is fighting for his faith against a bigger and more brutal enemy.
His unit operates in the Ninevah province, trying to wrest back control of the ancient Assyrian Christian cities that have fallen under control of the savage Islamists.
“These are some of the only towns in Nineveh where church bells ring. In every other town the bells have gone silent, and that’s unacceptable,” said Brett.
Tim, a British construction worker, recently met up with Scott, an American software engineer and U.S. army vet, in Dubai, from where they traveled on to Kurdistan.
“I’m here to make a difference and hopefully put a stop to some atrocities,” said Tim, adding, “I’m just an average guy from England really.”
Tim and Scott had originally intended to join the Kurdish YPG fighters, but changed their minds upon arrival due to questionable connections between the YPG and the Kurdish PKK, which is a leftist organization that is labeled as a terrorist group by the West.
There has also been a couple of women who have traveled to the region to join the fight too, no doubt inspired by the fearless female units fielded by the Kurds, known as the YPJ. These women have enjoyed great success against the radical jihadists, who fear that they will go straight to hell if killed by the female fighters.
Hopefully, the trickle of Westerners joining the fight against the Islamic State group will increase into a steady flow, and ultimately into a flood of new recruits willing to put their life on the line in defense of Christianity and civilized society.
—Courtesy of The Conservative Tribune