US volunteers flock to fight ISIS as veterans work to bolster recruitment

From his muddy outpost on the front line in North Iraq, Grim can see the black flag of the Islamic State snapping in the wind just 500 metres away.

The 52-year-old Boston native – who several months ago found his way to a peshmerga base south of Kirkuk – sits in a crude breeze-block shelter, surrounded by mud and dirt, gunfire crackling in the background.

“We are fighting a scourge,” said Grim, who did not want to disclose his real name. “We are fighting murderers and rapists: people who burn people in cages, people who behead people. This is not a civilised army. They are animals.”

Grim said he had been moved to leave behind his life in the US and take up arms after reading about the militant group’s persecution of Yazidi and Christian civilians. “I have two kids and a beautiful woman at home,” he said. “She knows I’m here and she’s not happy about it, but she understands.”

  • Really

    Can’t say I haven’t given this some thought.

  • mauser 98

    ….pure George Orwell
    “The Pentagon admitted on Wednesday that one of the airdrops of weapons
    intended for Kurds in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani almost
    certainly ended up in the hands of the ISIS fighters.”

    yeah the Guardian… still many other sources

    • David

      with that pos potus, accidentally on purpose.

    • I am sure Obama has decreed I for the Kurds and 1 for his friends.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Volunteering to fight for freedom is one of the oldest American traditions.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Yes, it is a pretty cool national trait.

  • “They are animals”

  • T.C.

    He’s from Boston? So his reasons for being there are probably also due to frustration with the politicians who won’t deal with the same animals in his home town.