On Tuesday, posts on the viral-video site Live Leak indicated that a man named James Matson, who may have been a Marine, had joined the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) in their ongoing fight against the Islamic State in Syria. A Facebook profile for Matson contains a brief message to his friends, and a photograph.

“For all who didn’t know I’m in Syria fighting for the YPG against ISIS. I am ok, won’t be able to get on the net very often. I was hit by a mortar a few days ago during a 6 hour firefight but I’m fine. Delivered an ISIS bastard to hell,” Matson writes.

Written by Douglas Barclay
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