Александр (mr_aug) wrote,
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peshmerga nor

Норвег из Пешмерги закончил свою войну. Попрощался с друзьями и уехал домой.

Откачусь на крайний раз, когда я о нем писал.

1) Этому посту 35 недель. Ему удалось впервые оценить новую оптику в бою.

Finaly had a chance to battle-test the Strike Eagle sight from @vortexoptics during the fight a week and a half ago. I engaged a total of six enemy fighters using the Strike Eagle, spending six magazines (single shots only) and half an ammunition belt on a PKM machinegun. I ran out of power on my helmet camera right after this footage was taken, but here I am engaging three guys at around 350 meters. They were firing at us from their positions in the tall grass, but dissapeard after we had fired back at them for a while... hard to tell if we got any good hits, but I could tell the sight was pretty on due to my tracer rounds. The fourth target I engaged was in the same area, but closer, maybe 250 meters away. We definitly got some hits on that guy, for sure. The last two targets I engaged was much closer, around 100 meters away. That was after general Wahed had taken out one of the armoured vehicles himself, using several RPG's. The vehicle was disabled right in front of the trench and cought fire. We thought everyone inside was burned to a crisp, but a guy jumped out of the burning wreck after a while and made a run for it back where they had came from... he didn't get far as we were a bunch of guys opening fire on him at the same time. Another guy came out later and tried to run away as well, but we cut him down too. We had several others in the grass taking shots at us all day. I was one of the few with a good scope, so I did my best trying to locate the snipers, but they were good. They used cover and moved around a lot, and I had several bullet impacts right in front of me and whizzing past my head, forcing me to change my position all the time, which made it hard to find them. It was frustrating as hell, but we got them in the end, and I'll tell you how on my next post. I'm pretty satisfied with how the Strike Eagle performed in combat and I might actually get another one to have in spare. A big thanks to @vortexoptics for making such a great product and to @bart_ocl for sending it to me.

2) Here's the guys that whacked the Islamic State snipers I mentioned in my last post. It's the same guys I met during the Sinjar operation last year, some kind of special unit from Duhok. Like I said, we had a problem with the snipers taking well-aimed shots at us and we had a hard time locating them too. These guys showed up after a while, with their armoured vehicles and a bulldozer. The bulldozer removed a part of our berm and the guys drove out, looking for the jihadists hiding in the tall grass. A Humvee drove out first and they didn't drive more than a 100 meters before they found the first sniper. The guy who was on the .50 caliber machinegun pointed his Kalashnikov straight down and emptied a whole magazine right next to the vehicle. He then got back on the .50 caliber machinegun and fired several burst in the same spot. I can only imagine the mess he must have made out of that guy. They found two more snipers as well, all very close to our positions and probably the same guys who had been firing at me earlier. The coalition jets took out several snipers too... they dropped bombs in the grass around us a couple of times and I wasn't sure what they were bombing untill I saw a guy spinning 15 meters up in the air. Pretty cool they decided to spend one bomb on a single guy. That probably saved some lifes, because these guys had decent sniper-training. And yeah, my buddy who got injured, is out of the hospital and will have a full recovery. I know some of you have been praying for him and we all appreciate it a lot.

3) Удалось на пару недель съездить домой.
С теплотой отзывается о своей девушке.

4) https://www.instagram.com/p/BDYn05ASPI7/?taken-by=peshmerganor
General Wahed Kovle taking a smoke break during one of our engagements with the Islamic State. He later used the RPG and the german Panzerfaust seen in this photo to take out an approaching enemy armoured vehicle. This is the kind of leader I'm willing to follow anywhere. The kind that fights up front and takes the same risks he demands his own men to take.

5) Очень уж его достают вопросами как завербоваться в Пешмергу

And again, people... I'm not replying to questions regarding recruitment. I'm not trying to be a jerk, but I'm not in a position where I can help anyone join the fight. Very quick about the Mosul operation. Officially, the operation started two weeks ago, but as I predicted in an earlier post, things are going painstakingly slow. The Iraqi Army are claiming they're having progress and the US is backing up those claims, probably to bolster the iraqi's morale. However, the most credible reports I've read, suggests they've only retaken a handfull of villages. There have also been new reports about fleeing iraqi troops due to counter-offensives by the Islamic State. Suprise, suprise. I'm not sure if the battle for the city of Mosul will take place this year either, as long as the Iraqi Army is expected to do most of the fighting. But I'm confident the people in charge have realized this themselves by now and that they will start involving the Peshmerga on a larger scale... which in my opinion should have been done a long time ago. You won't read about Peshmerga fighters abandoning heavy weapons and armour to the enemy.

6) A lot of people have been asking me how I'm doing lately. And I know what that question really means. They want to know how I'm dealing with everything I've experienced during the last year and especially the recent incidents in Kurdistan. And honestly, guys, I'm doing fine. Some things have obviously changed. For instance, I'm taking some security precautions while I'm home that probably is out of the ordinary (we got Islamic State supporters in Norway as well), but mostly, I feel like the same person as before, even though I've seen and done things that by most people would be considered as extreme. And I think the reason I've been dealing so well with the whole situation, is because of this girl. We sometimes spend hours talking and texting with eachother and listening to her talk about everyday life topics such as her studies, training and her cat... it prevents me from thinking too much about the misery and darkness that surrounds me down there. She's also a reminder that I have something good in my life, something worth returning home to. And I believe that have prevented me from becoming a bitter and hateful person. I couldn't have asked for someone better to share my life with ❤️

7) Вернулся в Пешмергу, вместе с другим членом подразделения, тоже скандинавом - шведом.

Back at my front with @peshmergaswe, my new brother in arms. Things here are pretty much the same as before. Lots of indirect fire, both incoming and outgoing. A guy in our unit got hit by mortar shrapnel a few weeks ago, but survived. One of our officers had his civilian car wrecked by a mortar round as well, which sucks as no one here have car insurance. The Peshmerga have deployed 155 mm howitzers in our area recently too, which is interesting. There was also an attempt by the enemy to attack our frontline two nights ago. At least 14 Islamic State fighters were sneaking up on our positions, but they got spotted and air support was called in. Two bombs were dropped on them right in front of us, killing them all. The coalition jets have helped us a lot, but I can't help but think how much more fun it would be to stop calling in airstrikes and rather take care of the terrorists ourselves. Things are too quiet for my taste and I'm tired of the constant delaying of the Mosul offensive. That is, the Mosul offensive started several weeks ago, officially, but just like I predicted, it's going slow, if it's going at all. There have been several cases where iraqi troops have retreated or deserted when facing counter-attacks from the Islamic State. And this is the ground force the US is expecting to liberate Mosul from the hands of the enemy. What a joke! If the US was serious about defeating the Islamic State in Iraq, they would have armed the Peshmerga instead of pouring weapons into the Iraqi Army that more than often ends up in the hands of the Islamic State or the Shia militias. And yes, the US recently anounced they would donate $415 million to the Peshmerga, but the money will go through Bagdad, so who knows how much will actually end up where it's supposed to go.

8) Весьма амбициозно предполагает, что если бы американцы снабжали оружием Пешмергу, а не Иракскую армию, то Пешмерга взяла бы Мосул за несколько недель.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BE30rJBSPJc/?taken-by=peshmerganor

New footage of general Wahed Kovle taking out an Islamic State armoured vehicle that was charging our position back in March. We didn't think anyone got it on tape, but then this video surfaced on Facebook recently. Turns out one of the guys from the unit we were supporting, filmed the actual rocket impact. Notice the two guys falling out from the side door after it got hit. A frontline update. There's been a lot of activity in our area lately. There was a large attack on the Ba'ashiqa front two days ago, some miles away from here. We got woken up five in the morning to man our positions, in case they would attack here too. Watched the whole thing from a distance, which sucked. It's always hard watching your brothers fight for their lives without beeing able to help. Two Peshmerga fighters were martyred and several wounded, but the attack was repelled. We're mostly getting indirect fire at our front, mortars and rockets, but they're also probing our defence lines at night, which sometimes results in small clashes. The Peshmerga launched an offensive yesterday to recapture the town of Bashir, near Kirkuk. The iraqis have tried to take this town for almost a year, without success. The Peshmerga did it in one day, just like we took Sinjar in two days. Now, let that sink in. Almost a year versus one day. And the Obama administration is still putting their money on the iraqis and expecting them to be the ones destroying the Islamic State. We could probably take Mosul in weeks if we were supplied with the right equipment, but the US is afraid this will lead to kurdish independence, which means their goal of a united Iraq will collapse. But guess what, Iraq is a failed state and it's only a matter of time before the country will be split up anyway. Just look at what happened in Bagdad yesterday. Thousands of iraqis stormed and trashed the iraqi parliment as a protest against the widespread corruption in the government. Arm the kurds, let us destroy the Islamic State, then share the country between the shias, the sunnis and the kurds. It's inevitable anyway.

9) Ситуация накаляется. Враг атаковал и прорвал фронт.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BE7sLQdyPLS/?taken-by=peshmerganor

Massive attack on our front. Nearly a dozen suicide vehicles have attacked us so far and more are on their way. Mortar rounds with chemicals are beeing used. Enemy have broken through the front. Our neighbouring unit have abandoned their posts and left our right flank open. I've run over to man their positions on my own. Can see the enemy crossing the ditch and coming around on my side and back. Not within a firing range yet, but soon, I hope...

10) Спустя сутки. Думаю, стоит обратить внимание на внешний вид норвега.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BE-yHUxyPFd/?taken-by=peshmerganor

Alive. Fighting have been going on for nearly 32 hours now. Still enemy fighters in the area who are putting up fierce resistance. We have suffered many casualties, including a US Navy SEAL operator. Fighting have taken place both at the frontline and inside a nearby town. We have killed more terrorists that I can count, including a group of 15 or more fighters this morning. More to come...

11) Еще спустя сутки. Официально уничтожено больше 150 боевиков.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BFD2mb_yPOB/?taken-by=peshmerganor

Hey, guys. Sorry for the abcense. It's been some pretty intense and crazy days. I'm going to keep this short as I've only slept 8 hours during the last five days and I'm starting to feel the effects, but I have some interesting footage and stories that I'll be sharing over the next days and weeks. I also know there's some questions about the US Navy Seal who lost his life during the battle and I hope I can shed some light on what happened, even though most of the details are alredy made public. I'm going to adress the issue of certain units abandoning their posts as well, trust me. I would like to thank you all for your encouraging comments and to let you know that our morale is high, even though we suffered casualties. The official enemy kill count in our area as of now is 154 and we took a few alive as well, which is a pretty decent number. Going to try to get some sleep and see how many minutes it takes before someone wakes me up again. I can rest when I'm dead, I guess. Later, people.

12) Норвег отоспался и рассказывает как шел бой. Peshmergaswe это швед в Пешмерге.

Part 1/2. Me and @peshmergaswe in the early stage of the recent ISIS offensive. I will try to explain for you guys what happened during those two very hectic days as best as I can. I will tell you about the incidents one by one and share footage over the coming days and weeks. Early in the morning on the 3rd of May, ISIS launched one of the largest and most complex attacks against the Peshmerga since 2014. The attacks were carried out against several fronts North and East of Mosul, but the epicenter of the offensive was at the Teleskuf front, which is my front. I was at the frontline with @peshmergaswe when the attack started. My unit, one of several at the Teleskuf front, guards a few hundred meters of the frontline. The attack was mostly directed at the units to our right, much larger and well equiped units. The enemy came in armoured vehicles, driving straight towards their positions and I wanted to be as close to the action as possible, so I started to run down our line, stopping at each of our own posts to check up on my guys and get situational awereness. I soon found myself at our last post and found a good spot to watch the show. I saw a convoy of enemy armoured vehicles approaching our neighbouring units and how they were exchanging fire. I saw how the Peshmerga launched a TOW missile against three enemy vehicles, but missed them all. We were receiving sniper fire as well from the tall grass in front of us and we were beeing pounded with mortar fire, which forced us to stay low. The mortar rounds were filled with a gas that we later were told was chlorine, but no one from my unit suffered any injuries from the gas, even though there were several close calls. What happend next is something that I'll never forget. The sight of an endless line of approaching enemy armoured vehicles lead to panic amongst the units on our right flank...

13) 2/2 Back to the story. The units on our right flank panicked and countless vehicles with heavy weaponry and men started to drive by our post in full speed. My guys stopped some of them and told them to go back. They told us there was no point, the enemy had used a bridge layer and was now crossing the ditch with armoured suicide vehicles, and that we should run as well. My guys refused and an argument broke out. I couldn't believe what I was hearing and finaly had enough. "I'll man your post" came out of me and I started running towards the post they had just left, a few hundred meters away, while everyone was screaming and telling me to come back. I arrived at an abandoned, fortified post. I could see the enemy crossing the ditch with countless men and vehicles now, heading towards the town of Teleskuf. They were too far away to engage, but I expected them to work their way down the line towards me as well, so I prepared myself for a last stand. I found a rocket launcher, a heavy machine gun and some water and settled myself behind the sandbags. A firefight broke out where I had come from and I imagined they would break through my units lines as well and that I would find myself surrounded soon. It wasn't a good feeling, but running wasn't an option. After a while, however, the guys who had ran away started to show up, after beeing stopped and forced back by other units. They were afraid and clueless and I had to give them instructions. One of my guys came as well and told me I had to get back to our own post. I refused, as I didn't trust these guys to not run again and we started to argue. He then called one of our officers who ordered me back, but I hung up the phone. He called a second time and told me our units second in command had ordered me back and I decided to step down and return to our post. I know this might sound crazy, but I got it all on my helmet camera and I might upload it if I find a way to blur the faces of the fleeing soldiers. More to come...

13) Продолжение.

Part 1/2. A ISIS suicide vehicle beeing blown up by a TOW missile launched by the Peshmerga. Continuing the story from earlier. I returned to our post, furious over beeing ordered back. I sat down and was forced to watch the show from our position while our officers were keeping an eye on me, in case I should run back to the post that was abandoned earlier. What was happening now, was that ISIS had broken through our defence line on our right flank, something I had never imagined would ever happen, and was now rushing their forces into a nearby, abandoned town called Teleskuf. We later found out that over 300 enemy fighters using around 50 vehicles, half of them suicide vehicles, had taken part in the offensive and that nearly half of them had been able to enter the town. The guys that had run earlier, had found some courage and was engaging the enemy from their post now, as seen above. The coalition, realizing the seriousness of the situation, scrambled pretty much all of their air power. Drones, F-15's, F-16's, A-10's and even B-52's were engaging the enemy and for the first time during Operation Inherent Resolve, the jets actually ran out of bombs and was left to do strafing runs with their canons. Two Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopters showed up as well. They were flying low and trying to find a place to land, while under heavy fire, and I knew they wouldn't take that chance unless it was for one of their own. And as we know now, they were there for the fallen Seal. I was also later told by someone involved in the operation that the Black Hawks had taken damage from the enemy fire. A little background information about Teleskuf. Teleskuf is a Christian town near our front that was abandoned when the war broke out in 2014. The town have since been garrisoned by several units from the Peshmerga, the Asayish, which is a security and intelligence agency, and different Christian militias. A large force in other words, so I couldn't believe it when I heard Teleskuf had fallen and that everyone had been ordered to retreat from the town. However, the orders came to take back the town very soon and I wanted to take part in the counter-attack...

14) Описывает краткой действия комнады SEAL и гибель одного из них.

Part 2/2. The fighting inside the town was pretty intense and I don't like to compare real combat with movies... but it was like taken out of Black Hawk Down at times. I will tell you more about the battle that took place inside Teleskuf later, but I'd like to explain what happened to the team of Navy Seals fighting with us first. My unit was split up and I never met the Seals myself, but this is what I've been told by my guys who were by their side. A small team of american "advisors" had been present in Teleskuf when ISIS attacked. I think I met one of these guys after the battle, a slick motherf*cker who managed to take a photo of me and @peshmergaswe that is probably circulating in the intelligence community now. The Seals were stationed somewhere nearby as a Quick Reaction Force and was dispatched to Teleskuf to support the american advicory team and the Peshmerga. They were only 10-12 guys, but according to my guys, they were fighting "like lions" and everyone I've spoken to, tells me the same... several of our guys would have been surrounded and killed, or worse, captured by ISIS, if it haden't been for the americans intervening. Unfortunatly, one of the Seals, Charles Keating IV, lost his life when he was struck by a single bullet. A great warrior made the ultimate sacrifice and those who fought by his side that day, Seals as well as Peshmergas, will never forget. May he and our brave martyrs finaly rest in peace.

15) https://www.instagram.com/p/BFbnF_-yPK8/?taken-by=peshmerganor

Part 1/2. On the rooftops in Teleskuf, providing overwatch during the recent fighting. As I told you in my last post, we were driving towards Teleskuf, guns blazing. Our ride came to a stop, so I got out, took @peshmergaswe with me and started running towards the lead vehicles. We saw three armoured vehicles getting ready to enter the town, so we decided to follow them with a bunch of other guys, using the vehicles as shields. That was when the mayhem really started. Instead of taking one street at the time and holding it, the vehicles decided to race straight into the middle of the town with us running after them, struggling to keep up. We came to a intersection where we took heavy enemy fire and the vehicles came to a stop. The fire was coming from down one of the streets, but we had a hard time finding their location. The vehicles were getting their tires shot to pieces, which I thought was an interesting tactic. Someone yelled that a suicide vehicle was approaching and I had an unarmoured pickup truck with a mounted SPG-9 recoilless gun that had been following us, to drive into the intersection and be prepared to take it out. The pickup truck recieved fire and the guy on the the SPG-9 wasn't very comfortable with the situation. I layed down supressing fire, hoping that it would keep him from jumping down from the truck. The armoured vehicles decided they had enough and started to retreat. It was a complete chaos and there was a lack of a plan and no communication between the vehicles and us on the ground, so I had no problems pulling out this time. We did so while under heavy fire and we even had handgrenades thrown at us, the homemade kind where you have to lit a fuse...

16) Part 2/2. Our general, Wahed Kovle, snatching souls in Teleskuf. Back to the story. We climbed on the armoured vehicles and drove back to where we had started. Fighting with another unit than our own wasn't working out and me and @peshmergaswe sat down in a ditch and tried to figure out our next move. We were dying of thirst after fighting in the heat all day with limited water and then I remembered there was a small shop in the town where we sometimes buy Wild Tiger Energy Drinks. I told @peshmergaswe the shop was our next mission and we made a run for it, with bullets whizzing by. I'm sure it sounds strange risking our lives for some beverage, but it felt so right when we broke down the door and stuffed our faces with cold Tigers and ice cream. We were reunited with some guys from our own unit later on and went to a part of the town that we were tasked with clearing. We went house to house, sometimes facing resistance from enemy fighters and suicide bombers. Some of them can't have been more than 15-16 years old and I'm afraid we will meet even younger fighters as ISIS becomes more desperate. We kept searching the town untill it became dark, with me and @peshmergaswe going from rooftop to rooftop providing overwatch for our guys. I had some scepticism earlier on regarding @peshmergaswe's lack of military training, but as it turned out, he had better tactical knowledge than most of the guys in our unit and I felt I had found the right battle buddy when he was laughing his ass off when the bullets were whizzing inches from his head. We were sent back to our village near the frontline after dark for some rest. The fighting was still on-going in the town, but our area was cleared. I went to bed to the sound of gun-fire from inside Teleskuf. I thought my part was over for now, but didn't realize the most intense firefight was still to come...

17) https://www.instagram.com/p/BFjlFWTSPPn/?taken-by=peshmerganor
фото убитых боевиков ИГ

Part 1/2. Two Islamic State fighters about to make the grass grow. Let's finish the story now. We were sent back to our village for some rest after fighting in Teleskuf all day. I got a few of hours of sleep before I was woken up again and rushed out to the front. A small group of Islamic State fighters, probably survivors from the Teleskuf attack, had been observed in the tall grass on our side, trying to cross the frontline and get back to their own territory. They were now boxed in between two fortified posts on the frontline and two Humvees from another Peshmerga unit who had driven up from behind. We couldn't see them in the tall grass, but we were receiving fire and no one seemed to know how to approach the situation, until our general took control. He ordered one of the vehicles to drive forward slowly while he, myself and two officers from the other unit followed behind, using the Humvee as a shield. We started taking fire as we drove closer, but we still couldn't see the enemy. The gunner on the Humvee had somewhat better overview and we started to open fire wherever he was firing at. However, we got close enough to see them and engage them directly soon. The distance was so close that we were throwing handgrenades at eachother and several of theirs hit our vehicle, bouncing of the armour and blowing up around us. I remember one grenade went of right in front of the Humvee while I was standing three meters away, shielded by the hood. It soon became clear there was a lot more enemy fighters than what we first thought. Those of them who ran out of ammunition, started to blow themselves up and we had pieces of them raining over us. A few made a run for it, but we cut them down before they were able to cross the berm. The Strike Eagle sight from @vortexoptics once again proved it's worth. After taking out what we thought was all of them, other guys rushed to and we formed a line and started to walk forward and making sure they were all dead. One Peshmerga got on top of the berm and shouted someone was alive on the other side and fired his rifle...

18) https://www.instagram.com/p/BFjlTpTSPAF/?taken-by=peshmerganor

видео оказание помощи раненому пленному и разговор по рации

Me and two others made a run for the berm over what we thought was solid ground... but we soon found ourselves chest-deep in mud. I remeber crawling in the mud over pieces of human flesh and intestines, trying to keep my rifle dry. By the time I got up, our guys had allready started looting the corpses for weapons, ammunition, watches and other valuables. It was hard to tell how many we had killed since several of them had blown themselves up, but I was later told the number was over 20. Our general had an Islamic State commander on the radio and they were exchanging insults. Someone yelled that one of the jihadists were alive and the general ordered us to take care of him. I started to work on him while the general told the commander on the radio we had taken one of his guys alive and that we would give him decent treatment. The commander said that we could kill him for all he care, which says a lot about these people. The wounded fighter, a 19 year old kid from Mosul, was shot several times in his right thigh and hip... and for all I know, it might have been my bullets who struck him. I treated him the best I could with what I got before we placed him in the back of a pickup truck and drove him to the field hospital while trying to keep people from beating him up. The field hospital had been shelled during the fighting and the one doctor and medic that was still left, treated him outside, with me assisting. There wasn't much rest to get since we were scrambled daily in the following week, to either search the front or the town for further enemy fighters. Needless to say, we were all pretty exhausted at the end, doing all of his with bearly any food or sleep, but it was an important experience for me personally.

19) Несмешной эпизод о том как норвег заснял на видео убегающих дезертиров из соседнего подразделения.

Also, regarding the footage of our neighbouring unit fleeing and me manning their post all alone... I haven't decided if I should upload this on LiveLeak or not yet. But I can tell you this... our general took me to visit some of the officers from that unit that was involved and confronted them with the fact that they ran away from the battle. They denied this happened at all... that is, until the general told me to show them the video on my laptop. They then managed to claim it was a tactical retreat, even though they had left behind some of their heavy weapons that the enemy fighters could have turned against us if they had taken over their post. Our general was pretty clear regarding how he felt about the situation that had taken place and the fact that they were lying to his face, even when we had undeniable evidence. There might be a hearing soon and my video will in that case be used as documentation.

20) https://www.instagram.com/p/BF2Jt4USPNb/?taken-by=peshmerganor
чей-то дрон упал им на голову

21) Frontline update. As I predicted recently, the Peshmerga launched an offensive this weekend with the aim of recapturing several villages East of Mosul and putting further pressure on ISIS, who is also under attack by the YPG North of Raqqah and by the Iraqi Army and the PMU in Fallujah. The offensive lasted for three days and the Peshmerga was able to take back several villages, pushing the frontline closer towards Mosul and killing 140 enemy fighters with minimal own casualties. We were expecting counter-attacks from ISIS under the on-going offensive, so we were on high alert for four days, which meant three nights with no sleep and with bearly anything to eat. The counter-attack came, but they were directed at two other fronts... we only had some long range exchange of fire and incoming mortar rounds and rockets. We had some close calls as well, but I'm pretty much used to them by now and they're not as fun as they used to be. But we had a western volunteer from another unit with us who experienced his first close call... and I must admit his reaction gave me some joy, as he had been bragging for two days straight. Needless to say, both me and

22) https://www.instagram.com/p/BGWCsWNSPJ8/?taken-by=peshmerganor
просит о помощи идентифицировать боеприпас

23) Знакомит с другим западным добровольцом.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BGeh1NcSPO6/?taken-by=peshmerganor

Back with my old friend @louis_tex. Those of you who have been following me for a while might remember this guy from last summer. He voluntered with an Assyrian milita last year and supported my unit by doing guard duty with me at the front when we were short on manpower. He then left for Afghanistan to do contracting work, but once he heard about the Teleskuf attack last month, he pretty much dropped everything and left the well-paid contract to come back here and support us again. There's other westerners with the Assyrian militia as well and for the last couple of days, I've been busy organizing with our officers so that these guys can support us like Louis did last year. I got them their own spot at the frontline, they got their own vehicle and squad weapons, we're currently working out the routines and the timing couldn't have been better, as we've lost several guys during the last month and a half due to the fighting. @louis_tex is one of the few western volunteers down here that's honest about his work and don't feel the need to lie or make up stories to make himself look good. He also have a great insight in the whole volunteer business, more than anyone I know actually, and I recomend you guys go follow him and read some of his recent post rather than ask me about how to join the fight.

24) https://www.instagram.com/p/BGpncRWSPFF/?taken-by=peshmerganor
Снова в отьезд домой. С момента нападения на блокпост прошло около 7 или 8 недель, так что в принципе нормально, наверное, в плане отдыха.

25) https://www.instagram.com/p/BHDKDx_BC7U/?taken-by=peshmerganor
не совсем понял, что за пулемет в башенке. вроде бы наш, 14.5 мм?

26) https://www.instagram.com/p/BHSvCHgBFSK/?taken-by=peshmerganor
сходил в магазин за новыми "игрушками", для поездки в Курдистан, купил новый плейт.

27) https://www.instagram.com/p/BHXvP58hJYa/?taken-by=peshmerganor
рассказ о новостной группе в инстаграме, через которую он отслеживает действительно актуальные новости на Ближнем Востоке.
Любопытное замечание о Турции - "если бы вы знали сколько там происходит терактов и знали, что страна стоит на пороге гражданской войны, то 10 раз подумали бы, прежде чем ехать в Турцию на отдых".

28) https://www.instagram.com/p/BHxA-DQBPUL/?taken-by=peshmerganor
продолжает покупки. среди интересного - оптика для АК47 его друга-шведа.
Интересно, как они его будут ставить?
Среди покупок - дрон DJI Phantom 3.

29) Выражает свое мнение о попытке переворота в Турции

Back home in Norway after three wonderful days in Berlin. Regarding last nights failed military coup in Turkey. A lot of people seems disapointed that Erdogan was able to put down the coup, even though it's not clear who was behind it yet. And I totaly understand that. I would like to see Erdogan end up like Gaddafi as much as anyone else. But who tried to take over power last night? According to Erdogan himself, it was the Gülen movement, led by Fethullah Gülen. Gülen, an Islamic scholar who lives in exile in the US, claims to teach a moderate version of Islam. That may be, but the fact that he want to lead secular Turkey on a more religious path, makes me sceptical of his movement and perhaps Turkey is better off in the long run without his influence. Others suggest that the Kemalists was behind. The Kemalists are secular nationalists who are not happy with Erdogan's Islamist policies. They have sworn to protect Turkey's Constitution, which states that Turkey is and will remain a secular country. I support that idea, but it became clear that the majority of the people don't support a military coup, which makes it hard for the coup makers to have legitimacy. But I see a positive outcome of the coup attempt anyway. In the coming time, we can expect Erdogan to grab more power as a result, restrict or remove freedom of speech and free media and eliminate political opponents. If Turkey wasn't a dictatorship before, it definetly will become one now. And why is this positive? Because sooner or later, the people will have enough of Dictator Erdogan and the fact that he will have ruined Turkey, and rise up against him... and once they do, there will be no need for a military coup. And if they don't... well, exactly two weeks ago, I wrote that Turkey is a country on the verge of civil war. And mark my words, there will be war if the turkish people don't wake up soon. Also, regarding the terror attack in Nice. My girlfriend made a post here yesterday that said it very well. Our hearts goes out to France and the french people. I just want to add that these attacks won't be stopped by prayers, but by action. And the time for action and vengance is long overdue...

30) Вернулся на фронт. Ожидается развертывание в Мосул
https://www.instagram.com/p/BJLblTgBnRs/?taken-by=peshmerganor

31) Fear. Fear is an interesting thing. Fear reveals your true character and what you're made of. I remember the precense of fear when fighting near the Mosul dam half a year ago. Our outpost was under attack. An armoured bulldozer had almost been able to break through our defence, but got stuck in front of our berm and blew himself up, sending a massive shockwave at us. A second armoured vehicle was approaching. We fired at it with everything we got, but it kept coming. I remember how helpless I felt armed with a rifle only, and every fiber in my body told me I had to run, and I almost did. I got down from the berm, found cover and prepared myself for the breach and explosion that was sure to come, and to possibly die. But that didn't happen because a brave man was facing his fear that day. General Wahed Kovle fired rocket after rocket at the vehicle and was finaly able to stop it. I got back on the berm and started engaging the enemy that was now running away on foot. We fought back the attack, but the feeling of helplessness and fear is something I'll never forget. Fear was also present some months later when the enemy launched a major attack on our front. Fear caused panic to spread like a disease amongst the men defending the line. I remember watching in disbelief how countless of our soldiers ran away, leaving their posts unguarded. I remember the disgust I felt for these men, men who would talk about bravery, but couldn't live up to their words when it counted the most. That day, I found the courage to run over to one of the abandoned posts all alone, in a desperate attempt to motivate others to follow. To my disapointment, no one did and I spent quite some time alone on that post, watching the enemy breach the front some hundred meters away and slowly working their way down towards me. I decided I was going to face my fear and prepared myself for a last stand. That didn't happen, however, as others gradually found their courage too and joined me. I will certainly be faced with fear again. And I may or may not be as brave the next time, but this need to know is also what's driving me the most. The need to know who I am and what I'm made of...

32) Keeping an eye on the enemy, just out of range of our weapon systems. Doesn't matter, there will more than likely be an offensive very soon and we'll be facing them up close again. A question I get from time to time is when will I go home and what will I do. My goal from the very begining have been to take part in the liberation of Mosul. After reading about how the Islamic State were selling women and children as sex slaves in the markeds in Mosul, I decided that I somehow had to contribute to the liberation of the city. It could never be enough for me to read about it in the news or see it on TV, I had to be there when Mosul fell. This was two years ago and like everyone else back then, I thought the city would have been liberated by the fall of 2015. That obviously didn't happen, but my goal never changed. I will go home when every single Islamic State flag is torn down from the buildings in Mosul. And what will I do then? I won't be allowed to join the Norwegian Army again because of my service in the Peshmerga. I've spent most of my adult life wearing the norwegian uniform with pride and there's nothing I would have loved more than returning to my old platoon... but I knew there would be sacrifices and unfortunatly, this isn't the biggest one. I have someone I love back home and beeing gone for so long at a time is wearing on both of us, especially her. Bad conscience have at times made me consider giving up on my goal. I remember this one time I tried to break up with her, for the sake of us both, and I kinda knew she was the one when she refused to let me do so. Beeing a restless soul, I never imagined myself settling down one day. But with this amazing and awesome girl, I just might. Once I'm done with Mosul, I'll go home, find a job, make sure my girl will have all of my attention and make up for what I've put her through for the last 20 months. I will give the normal life a chance. She deserves it... and maybe I do as well.

33) https://www.instagram.com/p/BLDuQ9xgRzs/?taken-by=peshmerganor
я пока так и не понял, что за новый плейт он купил

34) Этому посту 5 недель
Getting ready for the push towards Mosul. I've been here for almost two years now. And it's time to start thinking about going home. I'm nearly worn out physically, and at times, mentally. I've also come to realize that I've become disillusioned about a lot of things. The world isn't as black and white as I first thought... and it's becoming increasingly harder to separate the good guys from the bad ones. There will never be peace in the Middle East. Never. And a unified Kurdistan? I can't see that happening. Corruption and infighting will prevent this dream from becoming a reality and it breaks my heart. The kurds are their own worst enemy, is a saying down here. And I now understand why. Whatever reasons I might have had for coming down here and fight in the first place, are gone now. I will however do my part in the upcoming offensive. I will keep going untill we are at the gates of Mosul, and if we are needed inside the city, I will go there too. But then I'm done fighting. I'm going home. Someone is waiting for me there...

35) 4 недели назад. Вперед на Мосул. У шведа день рождения, лучшего подарка он и представить себе не мог))

36) Курды без особого сопротивления захватили город под названием Batnay
https://www.instagram.com/p/BL-oOa2A4SY/?taken-by=peshmerganor
На этом похоже все. Из политических соображений курдам приказано остановится.

Unfortunatly, it is now clear that our advance will stop here at Batnay. We won't be allowed to go any further, as this is where the new border for a future, independent Kurdistan will go. The kurds and the Peshmerga are busy digging and fortifying the new frontline and except for a lot of incoming mortar and rockets, there's really not much going on here anymore. The fighting is over for my part and I will leave the front shortly. I'm still not going home until Christmas, so I will try to use my remaining time here to do some good, possibly volunteer work for a humanitarian organization. I will also look through my helmet camera and see if I got any good combat footage to post once I get the time. Saw some intense fighting during the first day and night of the offensive, but not sure how much I managed to capture on tape

37) Запись с первого дня движения к Мосулу.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BMY4Ye_gS1P/?taken-by=peshmerganor

People are asking what I will do next and what will happen to the page now that I have decided to go home. I'll answere all these questions soon, but first, some footage from the recent operation. This is from our advance the first day. We were taking fire almost all the way and at one point, a suicide vehicle, or a SVBIED, was seen approaching. If there is something the Peshmerga fear, me included, it's the SVBIED's, and people started to panic, with cars and soldiers running in all directions. @peshmergaswe told me to jump on one of the pickup trucks as well, but I said "No! Fuck that!" without really having a plan, as it all happened so fast. All I knew was that I wasn't running away. @peshmergaswe gave me a look, then switched over to zero fucks given mode as well. He picked up a rocket launcher from the truck and started running towards the SVBIED while I yelled "Go" - and I can honestly say I've never been so proud of my boy before. I started running after him and placed my hand on his shoulder, so he'd know he wouldn't have to face the threat alone. The SVBIED then retreated behind some buildings for an unknow reason... maybe the driver was just as afraid as us. There was a large, open ground between us and the buildings and we were taking small arms fire too, so I decided we had to do something else. I ran to the front of our convoy where we had a team of western special forces embedded with us, told them about the SVBIED and asked if they could turn one of their trucks around, as they had advanced anti-tank missiles with them. They were busy engaging some enemy fighters as well, but they promised they would call in air support. And sure enough, the SVBIED was taken out by a AC-130 gunship not long after... the aftermath can be seen here. Notice all the canisters in the vehicle. That's the explosives that somehow didn't go off after it got hit. Now, I'm obviously not going to take any credit. But I like to think that my decision to notify the guys with the more advanced weapon systems, might have had something to do with the outcome. Also, the AC-130 saved our lives later that night as well, when we got attacked by 3 SVBIED's and 15-20 fighters.

38) In case there is any confusion about why I'm leaving the Peshmerga. Our advance have come to an abrupt end and there isn't much more I can do here at the moment. Bashiqa was liberated yesterday and that was the last town on the Peshmerga's to-do list. Only the Iraqi Army will advance from now on. I've known for a while that we probably wouldn't be allowed to enter Mosul, but I thought untill the last end that we would at least be a part of the operation to liberate Tal Kayef, one of the larger towns outside Mosul. But that didn't happend and it was hard beeing stopped right outside the town and watch the iraqis advance alone. But, I'm not bitter in any way. I obviously wanted to go all the way to Mosul as that have been my goal for two years now... but I've seen my share of combat and to be honest, I'm tired as well. I just want to go home now.

39) https://www.instagram.com/p/BMzQOq5gj3G/?taken-by=peshmerganor
прощание с товарищами...

На этом все? Время покажет.
Буду читать инстаграм шведа и американца.
https://www.instagram.com/peshmergaswe/
https://www.instagram.com/louis_tex/

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