American Civilian Fighting ISIS Gives Interview On His Experience As A YPG Soldier

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

flag-of-ypgIn an interview, American civilian Dean Parker of Colorado tells of his mission to help the Kurdish people battle the ISIS. He joined the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG) after seeing a BBC News broadcast showing the rescue of civilians from the war torn regions in the Levant and felt compelled to join the resistance to save the Kurds and the Yezidi people from genocide at the hands of the Islamic State.

His interview brings a new facet to the difficulty the YPG and others face along with some insights into what the Kurdish people value in their respect of other religions and creeds falling under their umbrella and in need of protection.

Dean offers a new perspective to what is currently offered by the mainstream news.

By Darren Smith


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30 thoughts on “American Civilian Fighting ISIS Gives Interview On His Experience As A YPG Soldier”

  1. Nick Spinelli > > “The fact that Obama will not arm them, but send arms only to the Iraqi army… is one on the many Obama blunders,”

    Not a “fact” at all, Sir:

    U.S. Airdrops Weapons and Supplies to Kurds Fighting in Kobani

    US Begins Direct Arms Supplies to Iraqi Kurds

    U.S., allies rush heavy weapons to Kurds to fight militants in Iraq

  2. Dean Parker has made an impressive step. This is a great discussion. Thank you midnight shaman Darren Smith.

  3. BTW…my use of “both sides” is partially wrong in this overall context…my experience with terrorism and asymmetrical insurgencies informs me that there are usually many parts, apparently conflicting, but actually joined at the hip. Names of this or that mean nothing but who is struggling to be top dog in the mess. “Dogfights” between the two legged variety are best kept at a distance, as po@minutebol mentioned.

  4. slohrss29 … it occurs to me that under the trope “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” there already is a unity between Shiite and Sunni versus the west to some degree. Their proclivity for fighting amongst themselves over diddly squat is the only thing that makes it less a threat.

    I’ve mentioned on a another thread my participation with my Arab Muslim neighbors in a dinner and meeting before the Iraq War…e.g., whether to support it or not. It was a bit of a donnybrook at one point, right after evening prayers, strangely enough (religion(s) of peace, eh?), and the cops had to come and arrest a few on both sides.

    You right, however, we do not need more enemies these days. It seems like we never run out of them.

  5. po@minutebol … yep I figure the Kurds will fight among themselves for power once they finish fighting everyone else.

  6. I don’t see a good reason to alienate Turkey. They just woudn’t sit there and stew. And we surely don’t need anymore enemies, and we super-surely don’t need to unify shia and sunnis against us. We need to keep our distance.

  7. Ari, Israel has been dealing with the Kurds, literally, supplying them with arms and funds, both as a means of checking the nascent power of Turkey, but also as a means of curbing the influence of Iran in Iraq.
    Ultimately, because of their vast oil resources, the Kurds will find enough support here and there to enable them to maintain their claim for a Kurdistan…and as long as ISL is a threat, the Kurds will play a role in checking it, thereby making their negotiating position even stronger.
    But yeah, there will be a Kurdistan sometimes in the future, and then the various Kurdish factions will enter into a civil war for power.

  8. Nick…I guess that’s good. Me, I am just a “dick”…literally. (It’s my name)

  9. That’s all conjecture. Hitler wanted to reunite the German speaking people. Didn’t work out so well. Should the Kurds have their own homeland? Probably. Should we arm them? I don’t think so. People underestimate the fluid nature of these broad actions. Stay out and trade with the winner. They have had enough Western-style gerrymandering over there.

  10. Nick…I like your optimism. Hope you are right, but it will cause all manner of knarly discontent in 4 countries. Those uppity Kurds and all that….

    1. Aridog – just think how long it has taken the Northern Irish to get their freedom? If it takes that long for the Kurds they may all be dead by then.

  11. The Kurds will eventually end up w/ their own country. The not allowing them to be armed will only delay that.

  12. Once again, though the proximate cause reaches the first layer of history, the distal causes spin farther and point the finger at the Western powers, as Aridog points out.
    Whatever issues the kurds deal with now has its origin in direct western action.

    I do not like Erdogan, personally, I think he is dictatorish, but one must understand also that the increased islamisation of Turkey is in reaction to the forced secularism of the country. There is always a pushback to any forced situation, and usually it is a the rate of twice the oppression.
    Additionally, Turkey is merely doing what colonial powers do, establish loyalties and support network based on their interest. ISL was not a threat to Turkey, the Kurds are. Turkey also benefits from the sale of Syrian oil stolen by ISL (which is also bough by EU member).
    So if one sees it solely in practical terms, Turkey is doing what US and Britain do.
    Emotionally however, and in terms of fairness, one can’t but feel for the Kurds, and i was one of those who agreed with Biden that Iraq shoulda been partitioned in Sunni, Shia and Kurdish areas.

    1. po – I am one of those who have long held that the Kurds should be united in their own country. This would ‘hurt’ Turkey, Iraq, etc. but I think in the long run it would calm the region.

  13. Mr. Parker appears to have had a relatively care free life, from his own description of how he got to where he is, and he has honored his intuitive reaction to the circumstance presented to him. As he indicates, it is the best thing that ever happened to him. Here’s to him. It may end up being the Alamo, maybe it will be Charleston, but he “represents” well.

  14. It was also the Kurds who were denied their own country at the end of WWI and the demise of the Ottoman Empire….by the victorious western powers who established the “mandates.” This lack of foresight chopped the Kurds up in to 3 or 4 national territories…none of them their own.

  15. Since I lived in Turkey, and spent a year and a half there, I travelled all over that area and I got to know the Turks. I like and have a lot of respect for them, despite the fact that they had a military dictatorship at the time. The people were quite nice and like us as people, but they did not care too much for the dictatorship. The problem was that the Turk military was the guarantor of Kemalism and the secular state, but alienated most of the people with its lack of freedom at times.

    So now we have the Islamics in power there who promised freedom from the military dictatorships of the past, but who now are becoming worse than the military, and are instituting a Islamic dictatorship, along with massive corruption. As long as Turkey was a secular state, with democratic norms, it made sense to have them in NATO. Now with Erdogan instituting his dictatorship, it is time to say goodbye to them and say to hell with Turkey and kick it out of NATO. I realize that Turkey has a legitimate problem with the Kurds, and they should be allowed a free hand to protect themselves, but given current developments, there is nothing the US can gain out of acceding to Turkish demands.

  16. It was the Kurds who were gassed by Saddam. It was the plight of the Kurds that made Christopher Hitchens a strong supporter of the Iraq war. The Kurds are committed fighters and a stable culture. The fact that Obama will not arm them, but send arms only to the Iraqi army, a clone of the French in cowardice, is one on the many Obama blunders,

  17. I think this interview gives us all hope for the future of the area. The Kurds have been repressed for a long time. Turkey does not want the Kurds to be free so they are supporting DASH. If we had a State Dept with balls, they would back away from Turkey.

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