The phenomenon of biker gangs joining the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) has become international, the British Daily Mail reports Sunday, after a German motorcycle club has pledged to go to Kobane, Syria, to fend off the Islamist invasion.
The Cologne-based Median Empire Motorcycle Club has strong Kurdish links, according to the daily, and have recently posted images of their riders in the besieged city. Some bear weapons. “Our boys were in Kobane today and told me today they were shot at but nothing happened,” a caption, posted along with a photo on official social media pages for the group, reads. “They are okay.”
The gang’s official page said that the riders have entered Kobane on an aid mission, not to fight ISIS directly, however. Additional photos posted show them handing out food at what appears to be a Yazidi refugee camp.
This is the second biker gang to enter the battle for Kobane.
Earlier this month, Dutch motorcycle gang No Surrender joined Kurdish forces battling ISIS, and a Dutch public prosecutor confirmed last week that the bikers will not be charged.
“Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it’s no longer forbidden,” public prosecutor spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP.
“You just can’t join a fight against the Netherlands,” he clarified.
Foreign nationals have been flocking to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS, but a movement to join the Kurdish fighters and opposition forces against Islamists appears to be an up-and-coming trend as well.
Several weeks ago, three US citizens and veterans were revealed to have joined Kurdish Pashmerga troops in Syria, and it is unclear whether or not the US State Department would place them under the same scrutiny as US-based jihadists in the event the three return