Los Angeles Times, “Warriors, dreamers and just plain crazy: U.S. civilian volunteers fighting Islamic State in Syria”

In his west Raqqah outpost, surrounded by snipers and the occasional armed drone, Howard said Western volunteers in Syria seem to fit into one of three groups: There are the anarchists and socialists, “the starry-eyed dreamers.” Then there are the “people that are running away from their past.” Finally, he said, there are the “people that are legitimately crazy.”

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