by, Arutz Sheva
After fighting with rebels in Libya and embracing the revolt in Syria, Matthew VanDyke has rolled up in northern Iraq, but the celebrity American revolutionary-cum-filmmaker has traded his fatigues for a three-piece suit.
VanDyke, who rose to fame as a foreign fighter backing Libyan rebels against Muammar Gaddafi, has just finished leading his new military contracting firm through its first assignment: training Christian volunteers to take on jihadists.
Funded by Christian groups from abroad, mainly from the United States, the Nineveh Plains Protection Unit (NPU) aims to bring a local Christian militia to bear against the Islamic State group (also known as ISIS or ISIL) that has seized swathes of Iraq and Syria.
VanDyke is one of the best-known – and least camera-shy – figures in an expanding and complex constellation of foreign fighters, organisations and donors getting involved in a private war against the jihadists.
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