An engineer fighting ISIS has spoken out about killing a member of the terrorist group – the first westerner to detail the killing of an IS extremist.
Jorgen Nicolai from Denmark described the moment he threw a grenade into a trench, blowing an ISIS jihadi one-metre into the air.
The 41-year-old father-of-one has detailed this experience, along with everything else that happened during his five months in combat, in a book called ‘Heval’ – the Kurdish word for ‘comrade’, the Daily Mail reports.
As one of few westerners fighting on the frontline against ISIS, it offers a fascinating insight into the conflict.
Jorgen wrote about a battle he found himself in for control of the strategically important town of Tall Hamis, where he was a mounted machine gunner on an armoured vehicle.
He told MailOnline:
From going to the relatively quiet western front I was suddenly in the s**t. ISIS were just firing at us, bullets coming in the turret and bouncing off the armoured glass. It was crazy, really crazy.
When we were driving across these fields they started to run through ditches because they knew they couldn’t fight the armoured vehicles.
Then, in his book, Jorgen recalled the moment he asked a fellow YPG fighter for a grenade to attack the hiding militants, or Daesh – a derogatory Arabic term for Islamic State – and was given one with the pin removed:
Gently, with trembling hands, he handed it up to me. If I drop it we are all dead.
I established the Daesh position with my eyes then threw the grenade down at them in the trench.
It exploded almost instantly and flung one of the Daesh, who had been lying about a metre from where the grenade landed, a metre to the side. He was dead.
Jorgen decided to fight ISIS when a close friend he had made when working as a contractor in Syria back in 2003 was killed by the group.
He initially tried to join the Peshmerga but was turned down because they weren’t accepting foreign fighters at that point. He eventually managed to join the YPG, another Kurdish group fighting IS. His training began at a guerrilla camp in the mountains near the Iraq/Syria border, with Kurdish soldiers and other western volunteers.
He told MailOnline:
For me the reason why I fought was a mixture of losing my friend and the good relationship I had with the Syrian people but it was most of all those videos and all those things we saw the Islamic State do on TV.
What they do to civilian populations is so extreme – the raping and the slave trade and the torture. I wanted to help prevent some of that.
Fair play to the guy for actually doing something!