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Father-of-five to leave UK to fight ISIS despite admitting he may NEVER see family again
A FATHER is leaving behind his life in the UK to join the battle against Islamic State (ISIS) – despite admitting he might never see his family again.
By Selina Sykes
PUBLISHED: 17:36, Wed, Sep 2, 2015 | UPDATED: 20:25, Wed, Sep 2, 2015
Jamie McCarroll is taking the fight against extremism into his own hands
Former soldier Jamie McCarroll, 40, is taking the fight against extremism into his own hands as he feels the UK government is not doing enough to help persecuted Christians in northern Iraq.
The father-of-five from Glasgow, who quit his job to fight ISIS, has not yet explained his decision to his three daughters and two stepsons but has told them the news.
He said: "I’m leaving my life here and my kids, they’re my whole life.
"I’m giving up a lot to go over there to nothing. But I understand what I’m doing and why I’m doing it."
Mr McCarroll, who is self-funding his efforts, plans to join Dwekh Nawsha, a militant group founded in 2014 to help protect the country’s Christian population.
The group’s Facebook page refers to them as "The Sacrificers" who are "doing our duty to the Assyrian people who are in need".
Mr McCarroll said: "They aren’t getting any help from any organisations, and just looking at everything that’s going on is so difficult.
"They’re being murdered all over that part of the world by Islamic State if they refuse to convert their religion.
"It’s very bleak for them as there’s no one helping them at all. The UK and US governments aren’t doing anything to help them."
Mr McCarroll admitted he might never see his family again
I’m giving up a lot to go over there to nothing
Mr McCarroll, who fought with the Royal Highland Fusiliers, said: "I don’t really think about something bad happening. It’s not something you think about because if you do you won’t last long.
"I’d rather think about going over there and helping those people than worrying about my own safety."
He is hoping to fly out to Erbil, northern Iraq, in the next six to eight weeks, where he’ll be taken to a safe house and undergo training before fighting on the front line.
It is thought more than 2,000 Britons have joined ISIS, while a small handful have also flown out to Iraq and Syria to fight against the extremist group.
Mr McCarroll said: "I’ll be on the frontline fighting, putting my life at risk, and knowing that my children might never see their father again.
"I couldn’t live with myself doing nothing, when I knew I could help."
Mr McCarroll, who joined the army at 18 and served during the Bosnian genocide, stressed there are too many untrained men going over to fight who are a liability to professional soldiers.
He said: "You need to have formal training if you want to go out and help, but there’s people out fighting at the moment who’ve not got any formal training and who’ve been there for over a year now."
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