By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
The Dutch club “No Surrender” and Germany’s “Median Empire” are reportedly participating in combat roles against ISIS.
Median Empire, which comprises some members of the Kurdish diaspora, has been in the Kurdistan region since at least April of 2014 offering humanitarian aid and support for the ethnic minorities under persecution of ISIS.
No Surrender is a large club in The Netherlands having approximately equal members as that of the Dutch chapter of the Hells Angels.
Oddly, in some respects, the Dutch Government is apparently allowing this to happen. In an interview, Spokesman Wim de Bruin of the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office stated, “Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable. Now it is not forbidden. You just cannot fight against The Netherlands.”
For these German citizens, it is not illegal for them to travel to Syria, but they must not join forces with the PKK, which the German Government currently continues to list as a terrorist organization. The PKK, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, has actively combatted ISIS along with the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdish Autonomous Zone of Northern Iraq.
The government is as various other European governments prohibiting its citizens from joining jihadi terrorist groups in the Middle East to fight on behalf of ISIS.
Two social media posts depict these Motorcycle Club members with military weaponry and proffering to be engaged against ISIS.
While the number of bikers travelling to Syria for combat are very small in number, such groups of sympathizers might not be as actively reported as jihadists are.
By Darren Smith
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