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Photos: Christian Militants Arrive Iraq To Fight ISIS, Canadians, Americans Join Righteous Fighters

 Dwekh Nawsha

Feb 18, 2015 – Pictures: Christian Militants Dwekh Nawsha Arrive Iraq To Fight ISIS, Canadians, Americans Join Self Sacrifice Righteous Fighters After 21 Christians Beheaded

Decked out in his US army-issued fatigues and a lip stud shining from his mouth, the young American fighter cuts an unusual figure in the northern Iraqi town of Al-Qosh.

He served in the US army in Baghdad in 2006-2007 and has now returned to fight the Islamic State jihadist group with Dwekh Nawsha, a Christian militia whose name is an Assyrian-language phrase conveying self-sacrifice.

The 28-year-old, who goes by the pseudonym Brett, has become the figurehead of an emerging movement of foreigners coming to Iraq to support Christian groups.

Bearing a tattoo of a machinegun on his left arm and another of Jesus in a crown of thorns on his right, Brett jokingly refers to himself as a “crusader”.

IS never captured Al-Qosh — but it came close enough for its mostly Christian population to flee to the neighbouring autonomous region of Kurdistan, together with tens of thousands from Mosul and the Nineveh plains.

“One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter,” Brett says, speaking from a Dwekh Nawsha base in the Kurdish city of Dohuk.

“But here we’re actually fighting for the freedom of the people here to be able live peaceably, to be able to live without persecution, to keep the church bells ringing.”

The mass exodus that took place in mid-2014 has put the continued existence of one of world’s oldest Christian communities into question.
christian militants fight isis

With Kurdish peshmerga fighters now clawing back land around Mosul, some Christians are keen to take up arms for their survival and Dwekh Nwasha is only one of several recently formed groups.

– ‘Foreign fighters’ battalion’ –

Also acting as a recruiter, Brett says he wants to establish a “foreign fighters’ battalion”.

In his first week in charge, he brought in five volunteers from the United States, Britain and Canada, all of whom he says have military or contracting experience.

The foreign contingent is tiny compared to the thousands of foreigners who have joined IS, but interest is growing and Brett says he has 20 more volunteers already lined up to join.

Brett’s first recruit was Louis Park, a mild-mannered Texan who retired from the Marines in December.

“I did not adjust well at peace time,” he said with dipping tobacco tucked in his lip. “I wanted to get back out here.”

After serving in Afghanistan, Park says he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder “and some other things” that barred him from combat deployments.

As early as October 2014, he began saving money to join the fight against IS.

Park says he travelled to Iraq to continue defending his country, even though Dwekh Nawsha — with barely a few hundred fighters in its ranks — sees little frontline action.

“I’m patriotic as hell,” he says. “If my government won’t fight them I will.”

The growing contingent of foreign recruits have a variety of reasons for joining Dwekh Nawsha.

Andrew, an older man from Ontario, Canada, came because he heard about “slaughterhouses” where IS allegedly cuts people up for organ trafficking.

There is no evidence that such places exist but the rumour has been widely circulated by evangelical and anti-Islam organisations, especially in North America.

A video showing the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians by IS in Libya released on Sunday and entitled “A message signed with blood to the nation of the cross” sparked a fresh surge of calls on social media for tougher Western action.

[Source: AFP]



  1. Toheeb Ojuola

    February 18, 2015 at 3:36 PM

    This is the best news of the day for me.
    U christians can’t fold your hand and watch these infidels wipe out your entire generation, the christians in the bible, Israelites are fighters but the ones of nowadays are cowards.

    I salute the courage of these brave ones.
    This goes to all the christians in Nigeria, stand up and fight for your right, If u fold your hands, Boko Haram will wipe out your entire generation.
    They are not working for Allah, their profession is to kill.

    • Don Omoniyi

      February 18, 2015 at 3:42 PM

      YOu have said well my brother, a word is enough for the wise.
      Let me add one more thing, take the case of Israel and Hammas for instance. If Isreal didn’t fight against them, they would have wiped out their entire generation but Israel persisted and today Hamas has cooled down.
      These toothless terrorists need Christians who are willing to sacrifice their lives and I hope every Christian organisations out there will donate money and equipment for them just like the muslim organizations support ISIS.

    • omas

      February 19, 2015 at 3:02 PM

      Same thing pastor Ayo Oritsejafor said and you guys won’t stop blasting him.

  2. Traze

    February 18, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    I wish i have my way i would have join them.Pls america,france,isreal,korea,britain and other christian communities should wake up and equip this courageous men in defending ourselves else they will spread all over the world.

  3. Moses

    February 18, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Naija guys, we ‘ve 2 wake up our ideas like dis brave Geez. we can’t wait 4 NAIJA ARMY 2 defend us against BH, shine ur eye oh! we need jungle justice…

  4. austin

    February 19, 2015 at 1:20 AM

    I am moved by this action, and now the question is are we the Nigerian Christians ready to follow suit ? now how do we get assembled and take on this bustards

  5. rita

    February 19, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    This is good news. If they are recruiting women i will gladly surrender myself to this course. I think it is high time we put these enemies of God where they belong to.

  6. Bella

    February 19, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    I personally like dis news. I jus wish we d nigerian xtians will follow up

  7. origin

    February 22, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Best news of the d day? Hell no…best news of the year!!!!
    Naija guyz, this is the kind of attitude and mindset we need to carry upon ourselves, for all of us that enter bush during our university dayz, dis is where we need to stand up and defend our fatherland from dis bastards called Boko haram…Dis is one of the major reasons why Wole soyinka and co introduced Confraternity to our high institutions of learning, not for us to be butchering ourselves on campuses.

  8. Lanre

    February 27, 2015 at 5:47 PM

    when cat sleep rat go bite am for tail!…weting he dey find?..walah he dey fine…God help us all; WAR is not good

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