While Obama’s 60-nation coalition dithers, Syrian Kurdish fighters of the YPG (People’s Protection Units) are making gains against the Islamic State (aka Daesh). In a two-week long offensive, they routed the jihadis, retaking dozens of Christian villages and towns.
Via the Voice of America, Kurdish Service reporter Zana Omer was on the frontlines in Tal Shamiran to talk with with the YPG fighters. Jordan Matson, an American volunteer who has been in Northeastern Syria fighting with the YPG since September of 2014, said, “we’re here cleaning out the last Assyrian villages. There was some minimal resistance, but we had enough forces to push through, today.”
The 28-year-old Matson is a U.S. Army vet who volunteered to join the Kurds in the fight against ISIS when he saw all of the gains that had been made in Iraq crumble away.
“I decided that if my government wasn’t going to do anything to help this country, especially Kurdish people who stood by us for 10 years and helped us out while we were in this country, then I was going to do something,” Matson said last fall.
He has vowed that he will not return home to Wisconsin “until the fight is finished and [the Islamic State] is crippled.”
Jordan Matson is among “dozens” of foreign fighters from Europe and America who have joined the Kurdish militia in the fight against ISIS. Unfortunately, some 20,000 foreigners have joined the Islamic State according to the State Department.
In an appearance on Hannity earlier this week, Matson complained about the low-watt U.S. bombing campaign. “They’re dragging this out – we could have ended this a long time ago,” he said.
He said that the way things are going, now, the fight will continue for a long time because the U.S. has limited itself to just doing bomb strikes, but with no one on the ground to help mark the targets.
“There’s so much more we could be doing to make these bombs more accurate,” he said.