His true identity is currently unknown, however, the Instagram user peshmerganor has achieved a legendary status online. He is apparently a Norwegian Iraw war veteran who has returned to the Middle East to help the Peshmerga fight ISIS.
In order to raise awareness (and funds for his team’s operations) he is posting photos of the fight against ISIS to Instagram.
With my new friends from Rojava Peshmerga after a firefight. Rojava Peshmerga is a unit made up of kurds who have fled Syria to avoid the “brother killing” as they call it. These guys are doing an excelent job holding the frontlines around Mosul and I really hope they can return to Syria one day to live the rest of their lives in peace. Unfortunatly, one of their guys was martyred that day and two were wounded. But as the kurds say, shahid namirin… martyrs don’t die. The video I postet on LiveLeak a week ago went viral and I’ve gained thousands of new followers as a result. I’d like to welcome you all, but also remind you guys that I can’t help anyone join the Peshmerga. I’m sorry, but questions about recruitment won’t be answered. I will however give you some advice. There are several groups on Facebook that are recruiting volunteers to “fight” the Islamic State alongside the Peshmerga. The only problem with this is that no volunteer group is actually allowed to fight. They’re usually placed under the command of a defensive or reserve unit, so they spend all their time at a camp, beeing bored and starting drama within their own group or with other groups as a result. I won’t mention any names, but those of you who know this comunity, can confirm what I’m about to say… many of these groups are made up by people who have lied about their military background and several of them have been fugitives on the run as well. And once they’re exposed as frauds, their criminal background is revealed or they actually commit a crime in Kurdistan, such as beating up and hospitalizing another volunteer or stealing equipment from the Peshmerga, they usually flee the country with the donation money and the remaining guys creates another group and continues in the same track, frauding people for money. The only group I will vouch for, is @global_surgical_medical_group, who’s work I’ve told you about before. There’s also another group I’ve been following closely for a while and who seems legit. They operate in my area and I’ll probably meet them once I return to Kurdistan. If they’re doing what they’re claiming to do, I’ll give them a shoutout as well. #rojava #peshmerga
The ISIS fighters have been known to slither through high grasses like snakes to attempt to ambush Peshmerga soldiers… so they have this solution:
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
But for pure epicness, there’s no match for this picture with his “new friend from the Islamic State”:
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
He’s given up his job, and left his family behind to fight the scourge of ISIS, and is clearly appreciative of the support he gets from followers around the world:
Throwback to May, 2015. At the Teleskuf-front. Can’t say I miss the everyday life at the front, but duty calls… I just bought planetickets back to Kurdistan. I’ll be leaving in about six weeks from now. That will give me some more time to spend with my girlfriend, family and friends and to do some necesary preperations. I would like to thank @zinnamongirl and two other followers who wish to stay anonymous, for donating. As I’m still without any income, I’m dependent on you, my friends, and your donations to be able to serve in the Peshmerga as a volunteer. Also, @556_productions will be shipping out the shirts very soon to those of you who decided to support me in that way. Details about how the sale went, will come as well. Have a nice weekend to come, guys, and thanks! #peshmerganor