Support Group For Canadians Fighting IS: ‘We Want To Protect North Americans Who Go To Syria’

A newly formed support group for Canadian veterans who want to join Kurdish militias and fight Islamic State (IS) militants says it wants to make sure North Americans are well-informed about what to expect before they go to Syria.

The support group, called the 1st North American Expeditionary Force (1st NAEF), was formed last month in the wake of reports that at least one Canadian citizen had joined the Kurdish militia in Syria and Iraq. The group says its mission is to help Canadians who wish to volunteer by providing advice and practical support.

In a post on its Facebook page on December 3, the group said it was aware of “significant criticisms [of Western veterans traveling to Syria and Iraq to fight with the Kurds] presented by both government and highly respected security experts relating to persons seeking to volunteer to fight [Islamic State] in the Middle East.”