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Fighting Monsters (Paperback)

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Former British soldier Jim Matthews gives up a lucrative career teaching English in Saudi Arabia, and returns to northern Syria to fight ISIS alongside the Kurdish forces. But why, after years as a revolutionary, left-leaning, anti-war protestor does he find himself pulled once more into a conflict zone. Does he miss war? Jim is attracted by what he calls the Kurd's `Democratic Confederalism', "a grassroots political system, where everyone had fair and equal representation in social decision-making." But he is never quite convinced of his own reasons for going to Iraq. He is no cold avenger, righter of wrongs or money-grabbing mercenary. In fact, he remains apart from those around him and more in conflict with himself, even when recalling his activities in Palestine. For Jim the real conflict is within himself. An intelligent and evocatively written memoir, that makes the war zones and broken, twisted, dusty battlefields and border towns of northern Syria spring to life.

BiographyMemoirsHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryMilitary history: post WW2 conflictsHistory & PoliticsMilitary StudiesWar & defence operationsBattles & campaignsHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyMiddle Eastern history Publisher: Mirror Books Publication Date: 13/06/2019 ISBN-13: 9781912624003  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jim Matthews is a former British soldier who fought for a year in the ranks of Kurdish-led forces against Daesh (IS/ISIS/ISIL) in Northern Syria - an area known as Rojava by the Kurds. He wrote `Fighting Monsters' to give a frank insider's view of the situation, often inaccessible to journalists.

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