‘I’m Here Serving Christians’: Former US Soldier Returns To Iraq To Help Fight ISIS

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A flag of the Islamic State (IS) is seen on the other side of a bridge at the frontline of fighting between Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Islamist militants in Rashad, on the road between Kirkuk and Tikrit, on September 11, 2014. (credit: JM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
BAKUFA, Iraq (CBSDC) — A former U.S. soldier has returned to Iraq to help fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
CBS News reports Iraq War veteran Brett Felton went to Iraq on his own accord to help train Christians to fight the terror group.
“I’m not here serving my country – I’m here serving Christians,” the 28-year-old Troy, Michigan, native told “60 Minutes.”
Felton was deployed to Iraq in 2006 and was discharged in 2007. He said he returned to Iraq as a “soldier of Christ.”
“If you look at him, he’s literally all tattooed out like a biker,” “60 Minutes” producer Jeff Newton said. “But if you look really closely at his tattoos, they’re like Jesus Christ crying blood tears out of his eyes and stuff like that – so he’s kind of a hardcore Christian.”
Felton said he’s not afraid to die in Iraq battling ISIS.
“God’s will is God’s will… I have a Bible verse that’s my favorite: ‘Be faithful unto death and I shall give you the crown of life,” Felton told CBS News. “If you’re worried about dying, you’re not going to be here. You can’t be.”
Felton has been training militias, like the one CBS News ran across in Bakufa, an abandoned Christian village near Mosul.
“They’re under-funded. They don’t have good weapons. They’re completely outgunned by the Islamic State,” correspondent Lara Logan said. “When you’re with them, you have this terrible feeling that many of them would be massacred if the Islamic State really turned its attention to taking back those those villages.”
Felton called it an honor to serve among Iraqi Christians.
“People say, ‘You’re crazy for doing this,’” Felton told “60 Minutes.” “I think people are crazy for not doing their part, to be honest with you.
“To me, for the Christians here, it would be an honor to give my life helping these people.”