Many people openly discuss their desire to fight against ISIS. But is that a realistic goal? They wear flags that state that they are member of the “ISIS Hunting Club” and they create websites and social media pages filled with anti-ISIS media. Some of these people even go to the extent of joining the YPG in Syria to fight against ISIS on the frontline. It is these prospective YPG “fighters” that I wish to discuss and address in this post.
A brief background of the YPG: The People’s Protection Units commonly known as the YPG, is the armed wing of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syrian Kurdistan. The party is affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States, the European Union and NATO.
I have spent considerable time with both the YPG and the Peshmerga on the frontline in both Syria and Iraq. I was in Kobane, Syria and on the Turkish border at Mursitpinar for 5 weeks during the siege by ISIS on Kobane (Ayn Al Arab). I gained access to the Mosul Dam 30 mins after it was retaken from ISIS by Peshmerga forces. I also spent considerable time on the Peshmerga frontline in the villages surrounding Mosul. Having worked with both the Peshmerga and the YPG during client operations, I am confident that the following intelligence is sound.
This information is for prospective YPG foreigners who wish to take the fight to ISIS………..