Former NZ soldier takes up arms against IS

  • 25/10/2015
Former NZ soldier takes up arms against IS

A former New Zealand soldier, nicknamed the Country of Rojava, has taken up arms against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Matthew Hinstridge, also known as Welat Rojava, joined the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) earlier this year, Fairfax NZ has reported.

The former Wairarapa local, who claims to have served in East Timor with the New Zealand Defence Force as well as undertaken private contracting work in Iraq and Afghanistan said IS needed to be destroyed.

"People like ISIS need to be fought, problems don't go away, if ignored they get worse," he told Fairfax NZ.

"The presence of ISIS in Syria is the main factor. When they are destroyed I will go. They will be [destroyed], but will reappear elsewhere."

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