Jordan Matson is the ex-U.S. Marine who is fighting ISIS on the ground in Syria. According to the Kurdish People’s Protections Units (YPG), Matson has joined their ranks in the war against the terrorist threat in the region. YPG spokesman, Redur Xelil, confirmed Matson’s involvement in an online message where he said: “Yes it is true. He is fighting in the Jazaa area.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He’s From Wisconsin
2. Matson Was Injured in Fighting
The spokesman who outed Matson as a fighter in the region, Redur Xelil, tweeted on October 1 that Matson had been injured in battle. Matson also confirmed that he had been wounded via his Facebook page but he added that it wasn’t serious.
3. He’s a Devout Christian
UPI reports that Matson is an Ex-Marine. One of the groups that he’s a member of on Facebook is the 30th infantry regiment. Among his likes on Facebook are the Holy Bible, the Iraqi Christian Relief Council and Vladimir Putin.
4. Matson Quit His Job on September 16
Reuters reports that Matson had told friends in August that he was joining a “private army” in Syria. He apparently broke up with his girlfriend and told his boss on September 16 that he was going to Syria.
5. Congress Voted to Go Ahead With Plans to Arm Those Who Are Fighting ISIS
In September 2014, Congress voted to authorize President Obama to arm and train “moderate rebels” in Syria. During the summer, Obama had asked Congress for $500 million for this project.