Former UK nightclub bouncer joins fight against ISIS in Iraq

Tim Locks, 38, decided to fight against ISIS in August last year, after seeing the desperate fate of members of the Yazidi minority forced to flee to Mount Sinjar (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

A former British nightclub bouncer and construction firm owner quit his job and joined a militia to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) rebels in Iraq, UK-based newspaper the Daily Mail reported on Saturday.

After selling his house and quitting his work positions, Tim Locks travelled to Iraq to join a Christian militant group called Dwekh Nawsha, meaning in Assyrian “the self-sacrificers.”

Locks, 38, decided to fight against ISIS in August last year, after seeing the desperate fate of members of the Yazidi minority forced to flee to Mount Sinjar.

“I just thought I have a great life, job, beautiful house and I thought it is time to help someone else,” Locks told the Daily Mail.

Although not religious, Locks said that he did not have a problem fighting alongside a group with Christian values.

“I had no specific wishes to join a specific group. I just wanted to help people out here. Any society which kills people, cuts people's heads off needs to be challenged,” he said.

After spending months selling his house and planning his departure, Locks left to Iraq in the middle of February with a friend he met online, flying to the southern Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah, then making his way to the Iraqi province of Nineveh.

Locks said he joined the little-known group Dwekh Nawsha group because of rumors he had heard that some groups make foreign fighters hand over their passports as a condition of membership.

The group also has a rigorous recruitment process, only taking on veterans or people with valued skills such as construction – meaning Locks fit the bill.

“I have a big construction background and that is a massive skill out here for building bases and repairing homes,” he said.

Locks told the Daily Mail that he has no immediate plans to return to his homeland. But when ISIS “is eradicated from the earth, then I will return to the UK.”
 

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