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Combat Story

Dec 18, 2021

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Today, we hear the second part of the fascinating Combat Story of Firat Batman, a Swedish citizen from Kurdish roots who left his relatively quiet and safe life in Sweden to join the YPG and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to fight ISIS.   
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We left off in Part 1 when Firat returns to Sweden from Syria following his first deployment just after experiencing the carnage of walking through a town that had been recently abandoned by ISIS, including the blood stains on the walls where groups were executed and rooms that reeked of dead bodies left to rot.  
In Sweden, Firat, like many veterans, has difficulty assimilating back into regular life and hears of a friend who passed away fighting in Syria.   
This second round is all about Firat’s subsequent journeys back to the frontlines and the experiences fighting an enemy that would rather blow themselves up then surrender. I hope you enjoy this Combat Story as much as I did.
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Show Notes

0:00 - Intro
0:50 - A word from our Sponsor (LoanSteady)
2:19 - Guest introduction (Firat Batman)
3:18 - Interview begins
4:29 - Emotions after coming home from first rotation
10:21 - News of losing his friend expediting his return to the fight
16:23 - What it was like to go back to the frontlines
19:28 - Difference in mindset coming back vs the first time
32:06 -  Combat Story #1 First engagement after coming back
39:19 - Hearing guys dying or close to it via radio
49:17 - Moving between lines to bring support and treat people medically
1:00:33 - Combat Story #2 Intense engagement while bringing support to others
1:15:50 - Funny story about talking to enemy from shelter across the line
1:18:48 - A direct experience and description of ISIS armies
1:21:25 - The only 2 people captured by ISIS and survived
1:27:40 - Protecting people you love from going into combat
1:3524 - What did you carry into combat?
1:37:01 - Would you do it all again?
1:41:41 - Listener comments and shout outs