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American Volunteer Who Died Fighting in Syria Was Kurd Loyalist

It was a passion for the Kurdish cause that drove Californian Michael Israel to fight on the front lines in northern Syria against the Islamic State group. Israel, 26, died fighting for that mission. Kurdish authorities late this week identified Israel and German national Anton Leschek as two foreign volunteer fighters killed last month while fighting with a Kurdish militia against IS. Israel, who called himself by a Kurdish name, Robin Agiri, was traveling November 24 with a...

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