While his real identity remains anonymous, the Norwegian fighter came to Norway as an Iraqi Kurdish refugee at a young age in the 1980s and after serving with Norwegian forces in Afghanistan, he decided to return home to his native Iraq, according to the Daily Caller.
“When we’ve run Islamic State out of Mosul, it will mark the death of Islamic terrorists in Iraq,” he told Dagbladet, a Norwegian news site, reports the Daily Caller. The city of Mosul in northern Iraq is currently under siege by anti-ISIS forces, as they try to route the militant group.
Fighting alongside the Peshmerga as a volunteer, the Afghanistan war veteran uses social media sites like Liveleak and Instagram to help raise money through his website to pay for equipment, travel, and living costs as he fights independently against the extremist group.
Using the handle Peshmerganor, Mike’s Instagram page features daily uploads of photos ranging from pictures of the fighter posing next to captured ISIS militants, videos of combat, and numerous photos purportedly depicting dead Islamic State fighters.
The implications of an actual war being waged simultaneously online are far reaching. It is troubling to think that combat, and really, life and death, are now spectator sports for anyone with a smartphone and good cell reception. One Instagram page even claims to allow viewers to vote on whether or not captured ISIS fighters should be executed.
As the war against ISIS spreads from battlefields in Iraq and Syria, to a host of social media platforms, from Instagram, Twitter, to YouTube and Facebook, it’s no surprise that opponents of the extremist group have taken their fight online as well.
On July 17, Army Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stayskal briefly met with President Donald Trump at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina to discuss the eponymous legislation that would finally allow victims of military medical malpractice to sue the U.S. government.
A Green Beret with terminal lung cancer, Stayskal has spent the last year fighting to change the Feres Doctrine, a 1950 Supreme Court precedent that bars service members like him from suing the government for negligence or wrongdoing.
The new trailer for
Top Gun: Maverick that dropped last week was indisputably the white-knuckle thrill ride of the summer, a blur of aerial acrobatics and beach volleyball that made us wonder how we ever lost that lovin' feeling in the decades since we first met Pete "Maverick" Mitchell back in 1986.
But it also made us wonder something else: Why is Maverick still flying combat missions in an F/A-18 Super Hornet as a 57-year-old captain after more than 30 years of service?
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan called on Tuesday for an explanation of comments by U.S. President Donald Trump in which he said he could win the Afghan war in just 10 days by wiping out Afghanistan but did not want to kill 10 million people.
SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected a large, newly built submarine, state news agency KCNA reported on Tuesday, potentially signaling continued development of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) program.
Kim inspected the operational and tactical data and combat weapon systems of the submarine that was built under "his special attention", and will be operational in the waters off the east coast, KCNA said.
It said the submarine's operational deployment was near.
"The operational capacity of a submarine is an important component in national defense of our country bounded on its east and west by sea," Kim said.