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Ex-US Soldier Leaves Job, Girlfriend to Fight ISIS With Kurds

By    |   Friday, 03 Oct 2014 10:10 PM

President Barack Obama has vowed there'll be no American boots on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State group (ISIS) – but one ex-soldier has left his job and a girlfriend to take up arms, reports say.

Jordan Matson, 28, a Wisconsin native, left his bank job a few weeks ago to join a Kurdish group of fighters battling the militants in Syria, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. 

He served was an infantryman in the Army from 2006 until 2007, according to Army Human Resources Command, Military Times reported Friday. 

His record doesn't indicate why he left the Army, and command spokesman William Costello said he was unable to comment on Matson’s “character of service," Military Times reported.

But the military media outlet said he trained at Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; and Fort Polk, La., and that his awards include the National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon and Parachutist Badge, Military Times reported.

The Journal-Sentinel reported Matson posted on his Facebook page that he had been wounded while fighting the Islamic State.

"I was hit by a mortar a few days ago during a 6 hour firefight but i am fine," the newspaper reported that he wrote. "Delivered an ISIS bastard to hell. Please keep me and the other americans and kurdish fighters in your prayers."

Matson told his online gaming friends in August he was going to Syria to fight the Islamic State group, according to Reuters. 

"He told us in the community that he was getting hired by a private army, and he let us know two to three months in advance," Miguel Caron told the news agency. "He sent me a personal Facebook message on the 16th of September saying 'hey boss, I'm heading to Syria.' He told me he dropped his girlfriend and stopped looking for a job."

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President Barack Obama has vowed there'll be no American boots on the ground in the fight against the Islamic State group (ISIS) – but one ex-soldier has left his job and a girlfriend to take up arms, reports say.
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