VIDEO: Peshmerga battling IS hasn't returned home for two years

A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier who has been fighting the Islamic State (IS) for two years has decided not to return home until the insurgents are defeated.
kurdistan24.net

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier who has been fighting the Islamic State (IS) for two years has decided not to return home until the insurgents are defeated.

Karwan Rashid, a brave 22-year-old Peshmerga soldier, has been battling IS on the Gwer front line, southwestern Erbil. He has not returned home for two years despite the hour distance from his family.

Kurdistan24 reporter Afsana Shamohamadi asked him about his decision to remain on the front line for so long without visiting home.

“This is because of my strong Kurdish patriotism,” Karwan stated. “I inherited it from my father and family.”

Karwan mentioned that he wants to protect Kurds and Kurdistan from extremists and be a “martyr” defending the homeland.

“I will continue to defend Kurds and Kurdistan until the last drop of blood is left in my body,” he told Kurdistan24.

Additionally, Karwan noted that he wants to fight IS alone on the front line because he does not want Peshmerga to endure any more casualties.

“Karwan is always ready to fight. Whenever he hears shootings, he immediately goes to the forefront of the battle,” a Peshmerga Commander whose name was not mentioned told Kurdistan24.

Karwan’s family explained that in the last two years, they had seen him once for two hours during his uncle’s funeral.

“It was his childhood dream to be a Peshmerga soldier when he grew up,” Salih Rashid, Karwan’s father, said while showing his son’s photos.

He pointed out that he was proud of Karwan for fighting among Peshmerga forces that “defend the honor and dignity of Kurdish people.”

According to Karwan’s mother Raziya Rashid, she always thinks about her son and often wakes up at night and cries while seeing Karwan in her dreams.

“My heart only rests when I talk to him on the phone,” she stated.

The Kurdistan Region shares over 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) of its border with IS in the north of Iraq.

Additionally, the Region is home to 1.8 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Peshmerga is one of the most efficient forces defeating the jihadists. They protect people regardless of their ethnic and religious background.

 

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany
(Afsana Shamohamadi conducted the interviews)