American-Jew dies fighting ISIS alongside Kurdish forces in Syria

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An American-Jew volunteer fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria has been killed during an ongoing offensive to recapture the town of Manbij from ISIS terrorists.

Levi Jonathan Shirley, known by his Kurdish comrades as Agir Servan, died on 14 July in Manbij, according to a statement on the official website of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), in whose ranks he was fighting.

The statement said Shirley, who was born in Nevada, had first travelled to Kurdish-controlled territory in Syria’s North-East in February 2015 and joined the YPG and then returned to the US.

That winter he returned to Syria and rejoined the YPG, helping defend Kurdish-held areas from ISIS and recently participating in the battle for the northern town of Manbij, which began in May and is backed by a US-led coalition bombing the terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

Shirley was “known for his discipline and sense of responsibility” and his presence among the…

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