Friday, October 03, 2014

American Joins Kurds In Fight Against ISIS

There have been a slew of foreign fighters joining the ranks of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, quite a few from the United States, so here's a twist- three Americans, including Jordan Matson, have allegedly joined the Kurds in their battle against ISIS.

A U.S. citizen has joined Kurdish forces fighting against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in northern Syria, a spokesman for the main Kurdish armed group in the country said on Thursday.

The Kurdish official said that Jordan Matson had joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), who are mainly battling advances by ISIS close to Syria’s borders with Turkey and Iraq.

“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.
According to a report on Al Arabiya and Matson's Facebook Page, he's from Wisconsin, and 28-years old.

A gaming friend of Matson's, Miguel Caron, had this to say:

“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. 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."

Matson told Caron that he had been in the military.  According to a Twitter post (that was also posted on Matson's Facebook page, although only viewable by friends) he was slightly wounded while fighting. But from the groups and likes on his page he appears to be a Christian interested in the plight of the Christians in Syria, and the YPG.

And found this on Twitter:

If all of this is true, and he and the other two are really fighting there. God speed.

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