- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

An unusual sight was seen in the Syrian city of Hasaka: a single father from New York City who volunteered to fight against the Islamic State group.

Robert Rose, 25, said he joined the Kurdish militia, YPG, because he has hated terrorists since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, NBC News reported.

“I’m fighting for my country as well,” said Mr. Rose, whose 8-year-old son, Jonathan, is currently living with grandparents.

The Bronx native showed NBC a rifle that was made in 1971 and said that his unit is filled with aging weapons.

YPG said earlier this month that it is in complete control of northern Hasaka after wrestling power away from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Reuters reported.

“The regime has collapsed. It could not protect the city and its continuation has become symbolic in limited positions only,” YPG spokesman Redur Xelil told Reuters.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based organization that reports on the conflict, backed YPG’s claims that Islamic State forces were surrounded in the southern parts of the city, Reuters reported. The group’s analysis is based on information gleaned from on-the-ground sources.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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