Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Canadian Military Veterans Plan to Enlist with Kurds Battling ISIS

A number of Canadian military veterans say they'll be enlisting with the growing ranks of foreign fighters who have joined the Kurdish battle against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
CBC News has learned of a half-dozen former Canadian Forces personnel planning to join Kurdish troops in the following weeks and months, with some citing what they see as an insufficient military response by Canada to the onslaught by the group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters take positions on the front line 
against ISIS militants in a battle in June near Tuz Khormato, Iraq. 
(Hussein Malla/AP)
At least a half-dozen others are said to be considering going.
The earliest any of the veterans said they would head to Iraq, where the Kurdish effort is centred, is next month.
"I got put on this Earth to do one thing," explained one of the men, who served in Afghanistan and who spoke with CBC on condition he not be identified. "I got this fire in me. I still want to soldier on."
He characterized Canada's military response to ISIS as "OK, but it's definitely not adequate," and said there should be "boots on the ground."
The man said he plans to enlist with four or five other friends from the military, and has few compunctions about possibly encountering fellow Canadians fighting for ISIS on the other side.
"That's the enemy in my opinion​.... ​If I come across an ISIS member that is Canadian and he's shooting at me, I will shoot back."
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