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Iraqi Christians Training to Fight ISIS


 Matthew VanDyke (right) says Iraqi Christians will be "wiped out" if they don't get help defending themselves.      Credit:   Photo from Sons of Liberty Facebook page


Matthew VanDyke (right) says Iraqi Christians will be “wiped out” if they don’t get help defending themselves.
Credit:
Photo from Sons of Liberty Facebook page

Steve Yount

When ISIS beheaded two of Matthew VanDyke’s friends, journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, he began to wonder what he could do to stop what he calls “this scourge on humanity.” That’s why he is in Iraq now, helping train Christians there to defend themselves against ISIS.

“I think if you believe in something, you should get out and do something about it rather than just give it a thumbs-up to the television from your sofa,” he said.

Last year, he founded Sons of Liberty International (SOLI), a security firm that trains vulnerable populations to defend themselves against terrorists and insurgents. SOLI began another session of training Iraqi Christians May 11. The men are members of the Nineveh Plain Protection Units (NPU) in a primarily Christian region of Iraq where believers face extinction unless ISIS is defeated. Click to Read More

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