Who Are the “Lions of Rojava?”

Lions of Rojava


The Lions of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) are Western volunteers who serve with Kurdish YPG People’s Defense Units in northern Syria. Most members are ethnic Kurds from the Europe or former American or British military personnel.

Known members include:

  • James Hughes from Reading, U.K.
  • Jordan Matson from the Sturtevant, Wisconsin, U.S.
  • Rahel Qadir, from Sweden
  • Jamie Read from Lanarkshire, U.K.
  • Gill Rosenberg, from Canada


See The Lions of Rojava’s Twitter at: https://twitter.com/thelionsofrojav

See The Lions of Rojava’s Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lions-Of-Rojava/290140627860127

CNN. ‘At peace’ in war: A former U.S. soldier battles ISIS.” October 27, 2014.

The Guardian. Revealed: UK ‘mercenaries’ fighting Islamic State terrorist forces in Syria.” November 22, 2014.

RFE/RL. Kobani Kurds Use Facebook To Recruit Foreign Fighters In Struggle Against IS.” November 13, 2014.

USA Today. Exclusive: American explains why he’s fighting ISIL.” October 7, 2014.

WaPo. How Western ‘foreign fighters’ are being recruited online to join Kurds against Islamic State.” November 24, 2014.



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