A Norwegian war veteran left the comfort of his life in Scandinavia to fight Islamic State on the front lines in Iraq.
Dubbed “Mike” by Norwegian press, his Instagram account has gained a large following for the graphic content he shares from the battlefield. Mike left his job with the Norwegian military in January 2015 to volunteer for the Kurdish Peshmerga military forces in the fight against ISIS.
“My goal is to be a part of fighting the ISIS terrorists,” he told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet in a January interview. “I don’t know when the offensive against Mosul starts, but I am ready.”
He regularly shares images of ISIS fighters the Peshmerga kills and videos from the battlefield by the Mosul Dam.
A video posted March 30 shows how Mike and the Peshmerga put one of ISIS’s armored personnel carriers on fire.
“We were attacked by ISIS,” he told Dagbladet. “The battle lasted several hours, until we alienated the terrorists.”
While Mike’s real identity is anonymous, he revealed that he came to Norway as an Iraqi Kurdish refugee at a young age in the 1980s. After serving with Norwegian forces in Afghanistan, he returned to his place of birth to put an end to ISIS.
“When we’ve run Islamic State out of Mosul, it will mark the death of Islamic terrorists in Iraq,” he told Dagbladet. “Then I’ve done my part. Then I’ll go home to Norway for good.”
Mike’s fight is funded by donations from supporters who in return get to enjoy his journey on social media accounts.
Journalists taking selfies with the two would-be suicide bombers we killed two days ago. There was an attack yesterday, carried out by a suicide bomber and a car bomb, targeting the US Consulate in the kurdish city of Erbil. The kurdish guards managed to prevent the car from entering the compound, but at least three civilians have so far been reported killed by the blast. The Islamic State have claimed responsebility for this attack. Erbil have been a relatively safe area, popular amongst westerns. I spent my first week in Kurdistan there myself, in the same district where this attack took place. The last similar attack in Erbil happened six months ago, but I am predicting we will see more of these attacks, even in areas that are consider safe, as the Islamic State gets more desperate.
Setting fire on the grass at the front to prevent the enemy from sneaking up on us again. In other news, the iraqi city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State on friday. Once again, the Iraqi Army fled a city and left behind massive amounts of weapons, ammunitions and armoured vehicles, courtesy of Uncle Sam, that will probably be used by the Islamic State against the Peshmerga in coming battles. Thanks, Obama! The US is still refusing to arm the kurds, but is pouring resources into the Iraqi Army, who keeps fleeing battles at the sight of the enemy and is leaving behind their equipment for the enemy to take. Anyway, this is kinda bad news for us who are outside Mosul, awaiting the upcoming offensive, wich might be delayed now. The iraqi government, realizing their army can't take back the city alone, have ordered the Shia militias, who had great success conquering Tikrit a few weeks ago, to mass outside Ramadi and prepare for assault. 3.000 Shia fighters are currently outside the city, more will arrive in the comming hours and days, and things will get messy. The population in Ramadi are Sunni, like the Islamic State, and even though many of them don't support or approve of the group, they are likely to be subjugated to retaliation attacks by the Shia militias. This might in return increase the support to the Islamic State from the local population. Either way, it will be interesting to watch how this will play out in the coming days. #ramadi
My thoughts are with the people of Belgium and everyone else who is affected by todays terror attacks in Brussels. I've been in Belgium several times and it remains one of my favorite countries in the world. As I have said before, this is war… our leaders won't admit it because they're guilty by allowing radical Islam to spread unhindered in Europe for decades, but make no mistake, this is war. And we will loose this war thanks to political correctness, unless people wake up soon. Here's an Islamic State terrorist we killed near the Mosul dam two and a half weeks ago. Some may feel this is inappropriate, and to those I say you better get used to it if you're going to keep following. We will destroy all resistance and punish the deserving once we enter Mosul, because you won't win this war with dialogue or by doing compromises. #prayforbelgium #prayforbrussels #fuckyourjihad
Part 2/2. Me and my new friend from the Islamic State. Continuing the story. We drove off in our pickup trucks and passed the point that was later to be the Southern front of Sinjar. We stopped at a village that looked abandoned and decided to set up a checkpoint southwards and search the village. We entered the first houses and went from room to room, but didn't find anyone. At the same time, a few villagers showed up and told us the Islamic State fighters had passed the village from Sinjar last night, and that there were only civilians here, muslim kurds. We told them they could come out from their hiding places, and they did. Once they saw we were Peshmerga and not yezidi militias, which they fear will retaliate against them for what the Islamic State did to the yezidies in Sinjar, they welcomed us as liberators. The villagers flocked around us, cheering for the Peshmerga and the general, kissing us and shaking our hands. The older men was actually crying of relief and we were served tea and bread. We got the names of some of the villagers that had either collaborated with, or was members of the Islamic State, so we drove around in the village and hunted these guys down. We arrested three guys in total and took them to an abandoned house for questioning. They got treated pretty decent, except for the guy in the photo… he had an attitude that some of the guys had to beat out of him. We said goodbye to the villagers and went back to Sinjar with the prisoners. We didn't see any action that day, which was a big dissapointment for me personally… but we did good. We caught four Islamic State members and the liberation of Sinjar is a major defeat for ISIS and the begining of their end. After Ramadi, Tal Afar and Hawija is taken back from the Islamic State, Mosul will be next, and I'll do my best to be there as well. #peshmerganor #evilforevil
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