Who are the foreign fighters taking on the Islamic State?

Before supper in their barracks every evening, Sunni Muslim soldiers of the YPG militia, sworn enemies of the Islamic State (Isil), pause while an American born-again Christian says his prayers. Once Jordan Matson has finished saying his one-man grace, the hardened fighting force of Syrian Kurds, now famed for their victory in Kobane, their women warriors and the rescue of the Yazidis from atop Mount Sinjar last summer, tuck in. As night falls, they head out to their trenches and outposts, taking turns on guard duty with other foreigners like Matson, watching for any movement from the jihadists’ lines beyond.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    This what courage and conviction of beliefs in a moral crusade against evil looks like.
    Oh, how I wished I was 25-years younger…

  • luna


    Sons of Liberty International (SOLI) is the first security contracting firm run as a non-profit. SOLI provides free security consulting and training services to vulnerable populations to enable them to defend themselves against terrorist and insurgent groups.

  • Brett_McS
    • Minicapt

      Those were German troops in Afghanistan.


  • Norman_In_New_York

    Americans throughout our history have always volunteered to fight for worthy causes, objectively and subjectively. Americans joined the armies of Bolivar and San Martin to fight for South American independence, joined the French Air Force in World War I years before we officially entered the war, formed a volunteer air force to fight for China before Pearl Harbor and volunteered to fight for Israel upon its independence, among the most notable of such endeavors.