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49 Year Old Surfer From Florida Moves To Syria To Help Kurds Fight ISIS

January 27, 2015

We’ve heard many stories about westerners getting busted moving to Syria to help terrorists…but how about the opposite happening.

This 49 year old surfer and housepainter from Florida was watching the news one day when he became deeply disturbed by what he saw.

Right then and there he decided to move to Syria and join the Kurdish forces fighting ISIS.

This story is AMAZING.


Dean Parker was sitting on his couch one evening, relaxing after a long day at his job as a commercial painter. That’s when he saw a news report about Kurds fighting on northern Iraq’s Mount Sinjar, where ISIS had trapped thousands of people from the Yazidi religious sect.

“I made the decision right there after watching those news reports,” Parker recalls. “After watching it for an hour, I was very upset. And I was online booking a ticket.”

He packed body armor from a local military surplus shop, a sturdy pair of boots, clothes and his e-reader — loaded with a copy of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War.” A month later, Parker was in Syria, fighting with Kurdish forces on the front line against ISIS.

He says he didn’t tell his family until he was already in Syria. “They were worried, you know messaging me: ‘Come home, come home.’ I told them I can’t. Not yet, anyways,” Parker says. “And after a couple days it sunk in and at they were very supportive.”


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