Christian Beheads Jihadist Out Of Revenge -- Now Meet The Man Training His Fellows In Iraq

Shelley Hazen

Reports are surfacing out of Syria that a Christian has beheaded a ISIS jihadist, though details on the circumstances are scant.

The Assyrian man beheaded the IS fighter out of revenge for the all those executed in northeast Syria.

Only Agence France-Presse had information about the beheaded jihadist. The incident happened Thursday in the Hasakeh province, a monitor with the Syrian Observer for Human Rights revealed.

The terror group has a strong foothold in the countryside in that area of the country.

This monitor said the Christian man was a member of the Assyrian minority and had been fighting with Kurdish forces; they've driven the Islamic State from a dozen local villages.

The beheaded fighter was found in a village called Tal Shamiram, the Observatory Chief Rami Abdel Rahman said.

"He took him prisoner and when he found out he was a (jihadist), the Assyrian fighter beheaded him in revenge for abuses committed by the group in the region."

News about the beheaded jihadist has come out mere days after the world was introduced to American Matthew VanDyke, who has made it his mission to train and arm Christian people in Iraq.

He claims they've been abandoned by the U.S. government and are under great threat in a nation quickly being swarmed by ISIS, PRI reported.

"Currently, the Christians [are] the only group that has no ability to defend themselves. And they will be wiped out in this fight if they're not quickly trained, equipped and given the abilities to defend their lands. It's not a religious mission. We're working with Iraqi Christians because they're highly motivated. They have good morale. They have good aptitude for doing this. They've suffered a lot. They're been persecuted for a long time."

Matthew seems qualified to help them: He's a Georgetown graduate, has a degree in Middle East Security Studies, and fought with rebels in Libya to remove Muammar Gaddafi. After he was wounded, captured and held for six months, he escaped and went back on the front lines.

Though the U.S. State Department has denied involvement, VanDyke claims they've endorsed SOLI. At the very least, they haven't stopped him.

Funded by public donations, SOLI is on the lookout for more members; 300 Americans have applied, but only eight of them accepted.

"We give people around the world an opportunity to have a tangible impact on fighting ISIS, rather than just retweeting something or clicking 'like' on Facebook. They can make a donation to the fight and have their dollars actually contribute to bringing about the end of ISIS."