American helps Christian soldiers train to fight ISIS
Filmmaker and self-styled revolutionary Matthew VanDyke is training Assyrian Christians to fight for themselves in the face of a brutal onslaught from Islamic terrorist organization ISIS. (Photos courtesy of Sons of Liberty)
Matthew VanDyke, (l.), through his Sons of Liberty nonprofit security company, is training Iraqi Christians to fight ISIS.
Hundreds of Assyrians of all ages have signed on to train and fight for their families and faith.
VanDyke says his group is stepping in to help a dwindling Christian community forgotten by the world.
Training includes hand-to-hand combat, marksmanship, and self defense.
VanDyke and a U.S. military veteran are training approximately 400 Assyrians.
Their training camp is just 12 miles north of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city and one under the control of ISIS.
VanDyke hopes to train as many as 2,000 Christians to fight the terror organization.
The group seeks donations from around the world to fund training and weapons.
The Assyrian Christians have found themselves caught in the middle of the fighting between ISIS and Kurds.
VanDyke did not serve in the U.S. military, but has fought alongside Libyan and Syrian rebels.
The first battalion of the Assyrian forces graduated from VanDyke's boot cam days ago.