Pirani: “They cannot understand that once in a while you have to sacrifice everything to fight for basic rights.” (AP Photo/Shaho Pirani)
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Shaho Pirani says he's just a phone call away from leaving his quiet life in Denmark and joining Kurdish forces battling against ISIS militants in Iraq.The 30-year-old Kurd, who fled from Iran with his older brother in 1991, says he feels a moral duty to help the peshmerga, the armed forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government, to fight the "psychopaths" of Al-Qaeda breakaway group ISIS.While more than 2,000 Europeans are believed to have joined ISIS and other jihadist groups as foreign fighters, a smaller number has left Europe in recent months to fight against the Islamic militants, primarily with peshmerga forces in Iraq's Kurdish north, Kurdish Diaspora leaders and security officials say.Edmond Messchaert, spokesman for the Dutch Justice Ministry on counterterrorism, said Dutch Kurds are not being blocked from joining the peshmerga and would not be prosecuted on return unless they committed war crimes.However, the Kurdistan Regional Government is advising diaspora Kurds against joining the peshmerga because the forces need weapons, not manpower, said Shorsh Kadir Rahem, a KRG Party representative in Sweden.
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