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Long shot : my life as a sniper in the fight against ISIS

Cudi, Azad, 1983-2020
As Syria imploded in civil war in 2011, Kurdish volunteers in the north rose up to free their homeland from centuries of repression and create a progressive sanctuary of tolerance and democracy. To the medievalists of ISIS, this was an affront, so they amassed 10,000 men, heavy artillery, tanks, mortars and ranks of suicide bombers to crush the uprising. Against them stood 2,500 volunteer fighters armed with 40-year-old rifles. There was only one way for the Kurds to survive. They would have to kill the invaders one by one. A decade earlier, as a 19-year-old Iranian army conscript, Azad had been forced to fight his own people. Instead he deserted and sought asylum in Britain. Here Azad tells the inside story of how a group of activists and intellectuals built their own army and team of snipers, and then fought off a ferocious assault in nine months of bitter and bloody street battles.
London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2020.
xi, 253 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (colour), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm
Originally published: 2019.
9781474609791 (pbk)
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