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Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State
« on: February 15, 2015, 03:17:42 PM »
Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State



Saint Michael, the archangel of battle, is tattooed across the back of a U.S. army veteran who recently returned to Iraq and joined a Christian militia fighting Islamic State in what he sees as a biblical war between good and evil.

Brett, 28, carries the same thumb-worn pocket Bible he did whilst deployed to Iraq in 2006 – a picture of the Virgin Mary tucked inside its pages and his favorite verses highlighted.

“It’s very different,” he said, asked how the experiences compared. “Here I’m fighting for a people and for a faith, and the enemy is much bigger and more brutal.”

Thousands of foreigners have flocked to Iraq and Syria in the past two years, mostly to join Islamic State, but a handful of idealistic Westerners are enlisting as well, citing frustration their governments are not doing more to combat the ultra-radical Islamists or prevent the suffering of innocents.

The militia they joined is called Dwekh Nawsha – meaning self-sacrifice in the ancient Aramaic language spoken by Christ and still used by Assyrian Christians, who consider themselves the indigenous people of Iraq.

A map on the wall in the office of the Assyrian political party affiliated with Dwekh Nawsha marks the Christian towns in northern Iraq, fanning out around the city of Mosul.

The majority are now under control of Islamic State, which overran Mosul last summer and issued am ultimatum to Christians: pay a tax, convert to Islam, or die by the sword. Most fled.

Dwekh Nawsha operates alongside Kurdish peshmerga forces to protect Christian villages on the frontline in Nineveh province.

“These are some of the only towns in Nineveh where church bells ring. In every other town the bells have gone silent, and that’s unacceptable,” said Brett, who has “The King of Nineveh” written in Arabic on the front of his army vest.

Brett, who like other foreign volunteers withheld his last name out of concern for his family’s safety, is the only one to have engaged in fighting so far.

The others, who arrived just last week, were turned back from the frontline on Friday by Kurdish security services who said they needed official authorization.

“STOP SOME ATROCITIES”

Tim shut down his construction business in Britain last year, sold his house and bought two plane tickets to Iraq: one for himself and another for a 44-year-old American software engineer he met through the internet.

The men joined up at Dubai airport, flew to the Kurdish city of Suleimaniyah and took a taxi to Duhok, where they arrived last week.

“I’m here to make a difference and hopefully put a stop to some atrocities,” said 38-year-old Tim, who previously worked in the prison service. “I’m just an average guy from England really.”

Scott, the software engineer, served in the U.S. Army in the 1990s, but lately spent most of his time in front of a computer screen in North Carolina.

He was mesmerized by images of Islamic State militants hounding Iraq’s Yazidi minority and became fixated on the struggle for the Syrian border town of Kobani — the target of a relentless campaign by the jihadists, who were held off by the lightly armed Kurdish YPG militia, backed by U.S. air strikes.

Scott had planned to join the YPG, which has drawn a flurry of foreign recruits, but changed his mind four days before heading to the Middle East after growing suspicious of the group’s ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

He and the other volunteers worried they would not be allowed home if they were associated with the PKK, which the United States and Europe consider a terrorist organization. They also said they disliked the group’s leftist ideology.

The only foreign woman in Dwekh Nawsha’s ranks said she had been inspired by the role of women in the YPG, but identified more closely with the “traditional” values of the Christian militia.

Wearing a baseball cap over her balaclava, she said radical Islam was at the root of many conflicts and had to be contained.

All the volunteers said they were prepared to stay in Iraq indefinitely.

“Everyone dies,” said Brett, asked about the prospect of being killed. “One of my favorite verses in the Bible says: be faithful unto death, and I shall give you the crown of life.”

– by Isaabel Coles in Duhok, Iraq

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It seems that Dwekh Nawsha is attracting more foreign people than NPU.
At least, good to see some Westerners joining some of our militias rather than Kurdish ones.


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Re: Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2015, 03:41:41 PM »
What city is in the picture? It reminds me of Dereshkeh

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Re: Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2015, 04:12:02 PM »
Get some Mormons to join too.  ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°

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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2015, 06:11:02 PM »
nice.

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Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2015, 07:05:08 PM »
And females are joining too. Not sure if she is Assyrian or western.
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Re: Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2015, 07:29:48 PM »
they are joining the kurdish dwekh nawsha!
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Re: Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2015, 10:30:43 PM »
This is a publicity stunt. RNN and AMO gets 10-15 calls a DAY from White-Americans about joining the NPU.

If these Americans who joined DN want to sit around, drink chai and do security guard job all day, then be my guest, other than that, they wont be in any front lines battles.
« Last Edit: February 15, 2015, 10:31:41 PM by AshurayaPlasha »
Even after the fall of Nineveh (612BC) The Assyrians lived under their own law, they had their own autonomy under the different names such as Athura, Adiabene and Asuristan. It lasted till the 7th century AD.

Sennacherib II(2), was an Assyrian Governor or 'king' of northern Asuristan in 372 AD.

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Re: Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2015, 11:16:20 AM »
This is a publicity stunt. RNN and AMO gets 10-15 calls a DAY from White-Americans about joining the NPU.

If these Americans who joined DN want to sit around, drink chai and do security guard job all day, then be my guest, other than that, they wont be in any front lines battles.

There is no such thing as bad publicity.  The point is that the word is getting out.  Time will tell which organization is the one to join.  ADM made a huge name for themselves in the 80's and 90's as the Assyrian political party with arms defending our people, yet they were the first ones to lay down and surrender their arms  in the "new Iraq", while the Kurds, very smartly may I add, said no freaking way.  Now they're trying to go backwards, just to get what they already had, that they surrendered.  :SMH:
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Re: Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2015, 09:53:14 PM »
Time has already told us which is the right organization to join, and that is the established ADM military organization (NPU) with over 4000 guys (Maybe even more!); plus in terms of Assyrian politics, the ADM has a great deal of influence from both inside and outside of Assyria. Zowaa is the soul-fabric of the Assyria movement.

ADM dropped their weapons due to political pressure from inside and out, (Including being labled a terrorist organization as what happened to KDP and PUK for fighting the Central Government) ADM could not risk that because the difference between ADM and KDP/PUK is that ADM is not only regionally based, it is globally based, which would effect our people abroad and add a lot of issues, so it would serve us more problems than justice. Another reason why we are not armed earlier than expected is because back in 2006, ADM wanted to build an Assyrian regional force in the Nineveh Plains and create a Nineveh Plains Province, but it was countered by the KRG (With the CDP, APP, Majlis and others). The United States took the request of the KRG and their allies over the request of the ADM, because the KRG promised to protect the Nineveh Plains, and that they had fighters already stationed in the Nineveh Plains, and then afterwards, the Kurds created the QPC militia --  Which terrorized and subjagated ADM Voters and Pro ADM individuals/groups.

Today is a different story, this is the BEST time for ADM to take what was rightfully ours because the Peshmerga and Baghdad forces failed to protect our people, and now we have every right to have our own region and security force.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2015, 09:55:28 PM by AshurayaPlasha »
Even after the fall of Nineveh (612BC) The Assyrians lived under their own law, they had their own autonomy under the different names such as Athura, Adiabene and Asuristan. It lasted till the 7th century AD.

Sennacherib II(2), was an Assyrian Governor or 'king' of northern Asuristan in 372 AD.

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Re: Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2015, 10:02:19 PM »
There is no such thing as bad publicity.  The point is that the word is getting out.  Time will tell which organization is the one to join.  ADM made a huge name for themselves in the 80's and 90's as the Assyrian political party with arms defending our people, yet they were the first ones to lay down and surrender their arms  in the "new Iraq", while the Kurds, very smartly may I add, said no freaking way.  Now they're trying to go backwards, just to get what they already had, that they surrendered.  :SMH:

Unless Dwekh Nawsha has 3800 troops signed up that it can supply and maintain, the NPU and Zowaa are the clear path. As to Zowaa making a stupid decision in the " new Iraq", that's on the leaders, whom can be switched out. However, Zowaa is name-brand, it's Coke, its Pepsi, and it's not going anywhere. It will take a lot more than a single blunder to make Assyrians disassociate themselves from it. There is no Assyrian group that is as well funded, marketed, and organized.

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Re: Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2015, 06:05:11 PM »
There is no such thing as bad publicity.  The point is that the word is getting out.  Time will tell which organization is the one to join.  ADM made a huge name for themselves in the 80's and 90's as the Assyrian political party with arms defending our people, yet they were the first ones to lay down and surrender their arms  in the "new Iraq", while the Kurds, very smartly may I add, said no freaking way.  Now they're trying to go backwards, just to get what they already had, that they surrendered.  :SMH:

They were following the rules set by the Americans, do you think that they knew what was going to happen to Iraq in the future. They did what they thought was right in order to look good in the eyes of the Americans, but the U.S does not give a crap about us. If only we had the qrawtaneh since then, we would have built on them and we would have Assyrians that actually fought against troops to train the new generation of fighters.

 

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