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Switch axis: “The Israeli citizen, identified by the station only as 31 years old and a resident of Tel Aviv, said she had contacted Kurdish fighters over the Internet before travelling through Iraq to train at one of their camps on the Syrian border.

“They are our brothers,” she told the radio station. “They are good people. They love life, a lot like us, really.”


There have been a lot of volunteer irregulars involved in the Islamic Small Wars, and most reports cover the rush to join al Qaeda and its affiliates. However the “choose sides” has this side too – lovin’ life and updating and upgrading whole societies.

The Kurds have been reported to have turned their backs on the Yezidis — and certainly left a few on a mountain surrounded by ISIS militants — but perhaps with a good influence, they too will become a little more universal.

Johnny and “Johnette” go off to war either to fight with barbarians or against them (and, sigh, some have been a little confused about which is the barbarian).

While it may be refreshing to read a story in which the cultural existence and self-determination of another people has attracted support, as it should, the “Islamic Small Wars” may widen by the measure of who is participating in open combat field operations.

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