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Dozens of Westerners Join Kurds to Fight ISIS in Syria

A 23-year-old American staggered into a Chicago emergency room in January with a gunshot wound he says he sustained in Syria.

Caleb Stevens had been fighting ISIS alongside Kurdish militants, the Chicago Tribune confirmed. While hundreds of Americans have tried to join ISIS in Syria, others have also ventured to the Middle East to fight against the extremist group.

While attending the United States Military Academy, Stevens was inspired to join the fight because he says he was “watching the world fall apart for people in Syria.”

“Seeing kind of what ISIS was doing, and seeing what the YPG was trying to do, I had the sense that, ‘Hey, here’s a cause that’s worth fighting for,’ ” Stevens told Here & Now’s Robin Young earlier this week.

Read more at NPR

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