Grandfather Sacrifices Everything to Fight Terrorism

A 53-year-old British grandfather has left his family to join militants fighting ISIL on the frontline in Iraq. He says he could no longer sit back and do nothing. While Jim Atherton, of Tyne and Wear, has no military experience, he had already sold his car to buy weapons. He's also already come under mortar and rocket attacks. Before he left for Iraq, he cared for rescued dachshunds, although he believed his place was fighting jihadists. He said “I’m not a young bloke, I had a heart attack in 2007. But it’s something I felt I had to do. I wanted my grandkids to know what I’m really about. Nobody seemed to be doing anything about it, so I decided that I would. I don’t think I’m Rambo but I believe I’m a good soldier. Of course I miss my family and dogs.”

Mr. Atherton stated that his family was devastated by his decision to join a Christian militia called Dwekh Nawsha, which means The Sacrificers. His unit protects the Christian population of Iraqi villages such as al-Qosh. He sold his Sierra Cosworth, two motorbikes and a boat to raise $18,000. Mr. Atherton came across Dwekh Nawsha on the Internet after his younger brother was killed fighting in Afghanistan. He shared “I’ve been made to feel very welcome. I arrived with no military training but I’m fairly savvy with weapons already because my dad was into competition shooting. Our lodging is taken care of and so is our food. But the grub is not always great for Western stomachs. I really miss bacon sandwiches — although you get HP sauce. I don’t encourage anyone else to come out — it was just something I had to do."

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