Jordan MacTaggart

Colorado family says son died fighting for Kurdish militia

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — The parents of a Colorado man reported killed fighting against the Islamic State group says their son joined Kurdish forces to “fight the evil that is ISIS.”

Jordan MacTaggart, 22, was believed to be killed on Aug. 3 while fighting in a squad that included two Americans and a Swede in Manbij, Syria, said his father Robert MacTaggart Wednesday.

MacTaggart said those fighting with his son told him by phone that he died while helping a soldier wounded by an improvised explosive device. MacTaggart said his son was shot in the chest.

Details of Jordan MacTaggart’s death were not released by the U.S. State Department, which said it was working to confirm it.

His family said Jordan MacTaggart went to join the fight after hearing about beheadings, stabbings and sexual assaults reportedly committed by ISIS forces.

“He had a huge heart and he was always affected by any injustice,” said his mother, Melissa MacTaggart. “It would hurt him, probably more than other people, like he couldn’t let it go.”