Some of the first men to answer the call of the Lions of Rojava. Im honored to stand at there side. These men have given up everything to stand up for humanity. We will not stand idle while evil men murder the innocent and force there way of life on the masses. To all those joining the fight, I’ll see you soon. God bless, Jordan Matson
Even though most of America has figured out by now that air-strikes alone are not going to be sufficient to stop the deranged ISIS mutants who are currently rampaging through the Middle East, our feckless Golfer-in-Chief has “promised” there will be no boots on the ground.
That hasn’t stopped several American citizens from joining the Kurds in Northern Syria in the fight against ISIS – even though it’s illegal to join a militia in Syria.
A Kurdish official confirmed to Al Arabiya News that a former US soldier from Wisconsin, Jordan Matson, 28, joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), who are battling advances by ISIS close to Syria’s borders with Turkey and Iraq. He is one of the first – if not – THE first American to join the fight. But he says hundreds more have contacted him wanting to join the fight.
“Yes it is true,” YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said in an online message. “He is fighting in the Jazaa area.”
Jazaa is a town in Syria’s northeastern Hasaka province, close to the Iraqi border and has been the site of heavy fighting between the two groups.
The YPG said last month it has lost 35 of its fighters in a two-week battle for control of Jazaa and said Kurdish forces had killed hundreds of ISIS fighters.
A friend of Matson’s said he told online gaming friends about two months ago that he was joining a “private army” to fight ISIS.
“He told us in the community that he was getting hired by a private army and he let us know two to three months in advance,” said Miguel Caron by telephone from Montreal.
“He sent me a personal Facebook message on the 16th of September saying ‘hey boss, I’m heading to Syria.’ He told me he dropped his girlfriend and stopped looking for a job,” Caron added.
Matson flew to Turkey and was taken to Rojava, a Kurdish-controlled area of northern Syria. For the past month, he has been a volunteer fighter helping to defend three small statelets in the area.
He’s been contacted by many former soldiers from across Europe, America and Australia, he said. They are attracted to fighting for the Kurdish militia for the same reasons as he was.
‘ISIS has threatened all these countries… to push their agenda in those nations,’ he said. ‘And the veterans of those nations who love their countries don’t want to sit by while this is happening.’
Matson recently posted a message to his Facebook page, urging would-be fighters to ‘be patient as the outcry to join the fight is immense’.
“In the hundreds veterans are lining up to come over here because if our government won’t do anything, we will,” Matson said in the video below.
Of his own decision, he added: ‘These people threatened American citizens, and bring harm to us. I think I decided enough was enough, and I decided to come out this way.’
He had contacted the group online after ISIS captured Mosul in Iraq.
‘All the American veterans that have died over there and paid their lives for that country so they could have a democracy – that just resonated in my mind,’ he said. ‘And I couldn’t live with myself letting that country fall, and all my brothers’ lives be for nothing.’
But as well as fighting for Americans – ‘so [ISIS] can’t take it to us’ – he said he’s also fighting for the Kurdish people.
A group of former U.S. Special Operations Veterans have launched a crowdfunding campaign, Operation Limitless Compassion, to help the Kurds fight off ISIS terrorists in Iraq. Castle International, a world-wide air ambulance company founded and operated by former special operations volunteers, is leading the way to provide pro-U.S. Kurdish fighters with desperately needed humanitarian aid, medical training, medical supplies, and combat training. Recon teams from Castle International have already deployed to northern Iraq to offer direct assistance to Kurdish fighters and more will head to the region in November. Castle International has launched two crowdfunding sites to gather donations,GoFundMe and YouCaring.com, with a goal of raising $100,000 for the operation.