“Thoughts and Prayers” are something mercenaries and independent fighters battling ISIS care little about…these civilians self-deploy with the intention of doing much more than thinking and praying about the victims of ISIS.
Lately there has been a surprising increase of American civilians (mostly Veterans) self-deploying to Northern Iraq to battle ISIS/Daesh alongside Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Christian militia. These unsanctioned fighters are like all of us, they are abhorred by the hyper violence and barbarity that ISIS has inflicted upon the western world, our values and peaceful way of life. But what separates them from us, is their willingness to take action and leave their home and kill ISIS militants with little or no support in a foreign land. These civilian soldiers believe the savagery of ISIS to be a direct threat to our national security, and so they have policed up their gear (and buddies), bought the one-way plane ticket to Kirkuk, scoured Facebook for contacts, committed to the mission, cleared customs, and are patrolling through ISIS enemy territory as I write this.
One of these many non-sanctioned fighting groups that have taken the fight to the ISIS is: Qalubna Ma’kum, which, in Arabic means: “our hearts are with you”. This team of civilian fighters is led by a woman and former United States Army soldier, alias: Kat Argo. Kat leads a team of about eight or so Americans and maybe some foreigners. Her team is an “emergency medical and security team operating in Iraq.” Whose “aim is to bring life-saving care and training to those who are the victims of Daesh, as well as those who are on the very front lines of fighting against terrorism.”
Often Kat’s team engages in actual combat with ISIS as they push deep into enemy territory in an effort to rescue injured soldiers and fighters. They even act as a QRF or Quick Reactionary Force from time to time if friendly soldiers are trapped and under fire. Her fighting, training and medical crew consists of former American soldiers, sailors and others who specialize in disciplines such as marksmanship, intelligence, mechanics, medical treatment, and humanitarian assistance. Kat’s team has made many friends in the area, and it seems that her team is in direct communication with Peshmerga Generals and local forces
Kat Argo enlisted in the Army National Guard in 2004 and was later commissioned as an Army Officer in 2007. She has several combat deployments to Afghanistan under her belt as an Army Officer. After the Army, she continued to work in Kabul as a civilian contractor until 2013. It is important to note that Kat also immersed herself in the battle between Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces as an independent journalist, reporting from the front.
Kat is a busy fighter with limited comms, but recently she agreed to be interviewed by Shelly Goode-Burgoyne, writer at Havok Journal. Below is her and her team in their own words.
(Interview Begins On Next Page, Click The Number 2 Below)