This is great! Volunteers could take out ISIS faster than Obama because, well, Obama’s on those terrorist scumbag’s side! Go Big Mike!
A Norwegian war veteran left the comfort of his life in Scandinavia to fight Islamic State on the front lines in Iraq.
Dubbed “Mike” by Norwegian press, his Instagram account has gained a large following for the graphic content he shares from the battlefield. Mike left his job with the Norwegian military in January 2015 to volunteer for the Kurdish Peshmerga military forces in the fight against ISIS.
“My goal is to be a part of fighting the ISIS terrorists,” he told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet in a January interview. “I don’t know when the offensive against Mosul starts, but I am ready.”
My thoughts are with the people of Belgium and everyone else who is affected by todays terror attacks in Brussels. I’ve been in Belgium several times and it remains one of my favorite countries in the world. As I have said before, this is war… our leaders won’t admit it because they’re guilty by allowing radical Islam to spread unhindered in Europe for decades, but make no mistake, this is war. And we will loose this war thanks to political correctness, unless people wake up soon. Here’s an Islamic State terrorist we killed near the Mosul dam two and a half weeks ago. Some may feel this is inappropriate, and to those I say you better get used to it if you’re going to keep following. We will destroy all resistance and punish the deserving once we enter Mosul, because you won’t win this war with dialogue or by doing compromises. #prayforbelgium #prayforbrussels #fuckyourjihad
Throwback to November, 2015. An Islamic State fighter who recieved a headshot with what I’m guessing was large caliber ammunition, perhaps a .50 caliber bullet. The top of his skull was cracked wide open, his brains were missing and his neck was broken as a result of the headshot. Good stuff. I’m still recieving messages pretty much every single day, with people asking me how to join the fight. I don’t like to be rude, but I’m consistently deleting all messages that contains this question for two reasons. First, I’m not in a position where I can help people join the Peshmerga, and second, the different groups that are recruiting westerners on social media, are often promising more than they can keep, or they’re simply scamming people for money and I won’t be a part of that. My advice for those of you who are sending me these messages, is to join or keep serving in your own country’s armed forces. And if you can’t for some reason, buy licensed firearms and learn how to use them, take private classes and learn how to perform first aid and how to survive in the wild. Fortune favours the prepared mind. Have patience, guys… this war is far from over, and sooner or later, it will come to your homes, thanks to our leaders open door policies. If you still decide you want to join one of these groups I mentioned (and don’t ask me for their names), then my advice for you is to be critical to their promises and obviously, don’t send them any money for gear or weapons in advance. Again, sorry for deleting the messages, but it’s a waste of both mine and your time…
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Throwback to November, 2015. Intercepting a radio transmission from the Islamic State after an engagement at our front. Both sides uses unencrypted Icom radios, which makes it easy to monitor enemy radio chatter. The Islamic State often have their foreign fighters doing the talking, or they talk in codes so to not reveal too much. I believe they’re talking arabic here… can anyone translate? I would like to thank @tyler_witt_ for his generous donation and for taking time to run my Facebook page. As mentioned earlier, I don’t use Facebook myself, but I will send Tyler some exclusive footage from time to time, so feel free to give him a follow. Link is in my bio. Thanks to @arizona_jewish, @christoot12 and @jessica_schramm for their financial help as well. I’m visiting Oslo next week to look at some nightvision optics and perhaps spend some of your donations on this. #peshmerga #mosulnext
A jihadist after beeing hit by a coalition warplane in Sinjar. This guy was manning a heavy machinegun that was laying down fire on some of our boys, but an airstrike took care of that problem. So yeah… I guess you could say he’s half the man he used to be. Joking aside, we need to talk about Turkey again. Some of you may have heard the recent news that Turkey have sent troops to Iraq. They are currently outside Mosul, very close to my position. Apparently, they have been invited by the former governor of Mosul to train a Sunni militia and some say the Peshmerga as well. The Iraqi government is furious and have given the turks 48 hours to leave the country. Like most, I was very confused when I heard. I couldn’t understand how the turks could deploy 200 troops and armour down here, without the approval of the Kurdish Regional Government, or KRG. But to understand the Middle East, you need to look at the bigger picture, and I think I got it figured out now. Here’s my theory. The Iraqi government is mainly Shia. They have a Shia militia, the PMU, under their command. The PMU is currently fighting ISIS in Anbar, but are expected to move North to Mosul once ISIS is weakened in the South. And here’s the thing with the PMU… if you watch videos on how they treat their prisoners, you can’t really tell the difference between them and ISIS. They are savages and are even threatening to attack US troops if they get deployed in the South, which is funny as the Obama administration is paying for their arms through the Iraqi government. The PMU have been fighting the kurds, who are mostly Sunni, in Tuz Khormato and Kirkuk recently and Mosul could become a battleground between the Peshmerga and the PMU once ISIS is gone. So perhaps the KRG are fine having a turkish presence near Mosul, as they are seen as a Sunni ally in a potential conflict with the PMU. Now, those of you who have been following me for a while, knows I’m not a fan of the turks… but I guess the KRG feels like they will be the lesser of two evils, and I can understand that logic to a certain degree. Either way, I just hope my unit doesn’t have to work with the turks, as I personally can’t trust them.
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After Sinjar. A thousand thanks to @axel.sw, @alexcosy, @greggers245, @simonmarkussen and two anonymous followers for their donations. You’re the ones making this possible. If anyone else feels like helping out financially, please send me a message. And if I don’t reply, try again… my messages sometimes dissapears. A summary of the Sinjar operation. On the 12th to 13th of November, 7.500 kurdish troops launched a long awaited assault on the city of Sinjar, which had been under Islamic State controll since August last year. An estimated 700 Islamic State fighters were in Sinjar at that time. Around 300 where killed, many with the help from coalition warplanes that bombed the city for over a day straight, before the ground troops moved in. The remaining 400 either fled South or were captured. The villages around the city was taken on the first day, then the city itself on the second day. A number of kurdish fighters were martyred, but the exact number is not made public for some reason. My unit stayed in Sinjar untill the 14th. We left with a good amount of weapons conquered from the enemy, including a 120 mm mortar tube, a 14.5 mm heavy machinegun, several rocket launchers, light machineguns, rifles and ammunition. The city is currently being clreared for explosives and boobytraps, a job that can take weeks, if not months. The city is pretty devestated as well and I can’t imagine life there will return to the normal anytime soon. There have also been some dispute over credit for winning the battle between the different kurdish groups in the aftermath… but I’m not going to take part in that drama. I find it childish and sad that the kurds can’t unite even when facing a common enemy like ISIS. I will say this, however… the yezidi militias we had to stop from looting peoples homes and who were stupid enough to pull a gun on our general when we confiscated their loot, didn’t exactly impress me… not at all. #fuckyourjihad #bijipeshmerga
Part 2/2. Me and my new friend from the Islamic State. Continuing the story. We drove off in our pickup trucks and passed the point that was later to be the Southern front of Sinjar. We stopped at a village that looked abandoned and decided to set up a checkpoint southwards and search the village. We entered the first houses and went from room to room, but didn’t find anyone. At the same time, a few villagers showed up and told us the Islamic State fighters had passed the village from Sinjar last night, and that there were only civilians here, muslim kurds. We told them they could come out from their hiding places, and they did. Once they saw we were Peshmerga and not yezidi militias, which they fear will retaliate against them for what the Islamic State did to the yezidies in Sinjar, they welcomed us as liberators. The villagers flocked around us, cheering for the Peshmerga and the general, kissing us and shaking our hands. The older men was actually crying of relief and we were served tea and bread. We got the names of some of the villagers that had either collaborated with, or was members of the Islamic State, so we drove around in the village and hunted these guys down. We arrested three guys in total and took them to an abandoned house for questioning. They got treated pretty decent, except for the guy in the photo… he had an attitude that some of the guys had to beat out of him. We said goodbye to the villagers and went back to Sinjar with the prisoners. We didn’t see any action that day, which was a big dissapointment for me personally… but we did good. We caught four Islamic State members and the liberation of Sinjar is a major defeat for ISIS and the begining of their end. After Ramadi, Tal Afar and Hawija is taken back from the Islamic State, Mosul will be next, and I’ll do my best to be there as well. #peshmerganor #evilforevil
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Journalists taking selfies with the two would-be suicide bombers we killed two days ago. There was an attack yesterday, carried out by a suicide bomber and a car bomb, targeting the US Consulate in the kurdish city of Erbil. The kurdish guards managed to prevent the car from entering the compound, but at least three civilians have so far been reported killed by the blast. The Islamic State have claimed responsebility for this attack. Erbil have been a relatively safe area, popular amongst westerns. I spent my first week in Kurdistan there myself, in the same district where this attack took place. The last similar attack in Erbil happened six months ago, but I am predicting we will see more of these attacks, even in areas that are consider safe, as the Islamic State gets more desperate.
From the battle yesterday. A 82 mm mortar shell hitting less than 10 meters away from the building I was on the roof of, injuring one of our guys downstairs. I haven’t postet much from the frontline because I’m usually there at night, when there’s activity. There is a large, open field with tall grass, as seen in this video, between our line of defence and the villages controlled by the Islamic State. This forces the enemy to carry out their attacks in the cover of darkness, and usually in bad weather, since this reduces the effectiveness of our air support. But once in a while, they grow a pair and attack during daylight, like yesterday. The attack started in the middle of the night, with a more intense mortar shelling than I have ever experienced before, on both the villages we controll and the frontline itself. Those of us who where in the villages at that time, quickly manned our positions at the front, in case of an attack. After beeing shelled untill dawn, a large number of Islamic State fighters opened fire from a relatively short distance, on our guys in the trenches. It turned out they had used the night to crawl into positions in the tall grass. Unfortunately, one Peshmerga fighter was martyred by sniper fire. The attack was repelled after a short while and we had them running back to their villages under machinegun fire. They also managed to get two suicide bombers over the large ditch that runs along the frontline to keep their vehicles from breaking through our defence, by using a ladder. Both of them was shot dead just a few meters away from our trenches, right before they where about to blow themselves up. We will hold this line, no matter what they throw at us. #bijikurdistan #bijipeshmerga
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At the front, watching one of the two Islamic State controlled villages that lays between us and Mosul. You can easily see their black flag on top of the water tower on a windy day. The coalition warplanes have intensified their bombing in and around Mosul this week, driving the Islamic State more on the defensive. The windows of the building I’m in at the moment, is shaking by the bombing as I’m writing this. I don’t think there will be another major assault on our part of the frontline by the Islamic State the way things are now. I guess we won’t see more of those guys until the Mosul offensive starts and it’s our turn to go on the offensive, starting with this village. I will try to make a post about the upcomming Battle of Mosul, sharing some personal thoughts and speculations. Also, a big thanks to a personal friend of mine, @jhicks780, for donating to my crowdfunding campaign.