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Matthew VanDyke
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Yesterday and today I am at the YPO Pacific EDGE 2016 Conference, being held at UCLA in Los Angeles. I spoke yesterday on a panel titled Faith and Terrorism, along with Shai Feldman and Maajid Nawaz and moderated by Jeffrey Goldberg. This morning I am on a panel that focuses on Mass Shootings, Terrorist Attaks, and Increasing Domestic Assaults with Dr. Khalil Muhammad and Anand Giridharadas and moderated by Nancy Aossey. Thanks to all the organizers, attendees, and fellow panelists for such a great conference. #ypopacedge
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Sons of Liberty International (SOLI) provided more than half the funding for the construction of the Nineveh Plain Protection Units military base in  #Iraq ,  as you'll see in episode 7 of the History Channel's  #HistoryNow  series about our work. Both the military base that we helped build and our training of the  #NPU  were very important factors in the NPU's successful effort to persuade the Iraqi government to provide them with salaries and other support. Officials from Baghdad visited the NPU base and were so impressed by it and by the NPU force (trained by SOLI) that is located there, that they agreed to provide Iraqi government support to the NPU. The base and the trained NPU force is attracting additional support from other sources as well, which could lead to major developments and progress for the NPU. The NPU military base was designed by NPU commander General Behnam Aboosh, a brilliant and hard-working  #Assyrian  hero. This is an extraordinary achievement for Assyrians and their efforts to create military forces to fight ISIS and provide long-term security for the region, and we are honored to be part of it. It is an extraordinary step forward in the defense of  #Assyrians  and Christianity in Iraq, and in the fight against ISIS. The success of our work with the NPU has proven that SOLI's approach to training, advising, and supporting local forces works, and that  #SOLI  is achieving remarkable and historic results. The mission in Iraq continues as we are currently training another Assyrian  #Christian  force, the Nineveh Plain Forces (NPF) near the front lines and within walking distance of ISIS positions. We look forward to further assisting the  #NPF  and the NPU in the fight against  #ISIS  and in their efforts to build sustainable forces that will ensure the survival of the Assyrian people and Christianity in Iraq.
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Episode 6 of the History Channel's HistoryNow series focuses on the danger faced by Sons of Liberty International ( #SOLI ) trainers in #Iraq  when our training of the Nineveh Plain Forces ( #NPF ) is interrupted by rocket fire from #ISIS . Then the team heads to the range with the NPF to make them into better marksmen as they prepare to take part in the offensive against ISIS. (This episode had previously been temporarily taken down so that a minor edit could be made and has now been re-released at this different YouTube link. Please share this new link on Facebook, it is one of the best episodes so far).
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See how we at Sons of Liberty International ( #SOLI ) train Iraqi #Assyrian  forces in #Iraq  in urban warfare tactics and techniques to make them more effective in the war against #ISIS , in episode 5 of the History Channel's #HistoryNow  series.
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In episode three of the History Channel's HistoryNow web series about Sons of Liberty International ( #SOLI ), SOLI supporter Pastor William Devlin and I head to Washington, DC for a meeting with the US State Department about SOLI's work in  #Iraq , and while in Washington, DC we also meet with one of Devlin's contacts to discuss fundraising efforts to support SOLI's spring 2016 mission to prepare Christian forces for the upcoming offensive against #ISIS . I then travel to Iraq to prepare for the arrival of the new SOLI trainers and start of the mission.
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Sons of Liberty International will be featured on The History Channel's "History Now" web series! This is a major development because it will allow all of you to see behind the scenes of Sons of Liberty International and watch our progress each week as we work with Christian forces in #Iraq  to prepare them for the upcoming offensive against #ISIS . Every week you'll be able to watch our progress and see how your financial contributions to the cause are having a real impact on the ground in the fight against ISIS. The first pod has been released, which is mostly background about  #SOLI and our work over the past year. Over the next few months on #HistoryNow  you'll see SOLI select a team and deploy them to Iraq to train local forces near the front lines, and share in our struggles and triumphs in this difficult and dangerous work that you're a part of by funding our mission!
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Sons of Liberty International ( #SOLI ) held an Easter egg hunt for  #Assyrian  orphans and IDPs in #Iraq . SOLI founder Matthew VanDyke and the team of SOLI trainers placed candy in approximately 300 plastic  #Easter  eggs, which they then hid in the Saint Fadi Garden in Al Qosh. Around 30 #Christian  children attended the event and had a great time, and in addition to keeping the plastic Easter eggs with the candy inside, they were each given a chocolate Easter bunny. This follows SOLI's Christmas 2015 event in which we purchased and gave more than 6,000 Christmas gifts in 1,200 gift bags to 1,045 Assyrian families (over 3,500 children!) in the Ashti 2 refugee camp in Ankawa, Iraq. SOLI is committed to helping the Assyrian Christians of Iraq by supporting their military forces, but also by providing humanitarian aid and events for the civilian population, especially the children.
Sons of Liberty International (SOLI) held an Easter egg hunt for Assyrian Christian orphans and children of IDPs in Iraq.
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Sons of Liberty International ( #SOLI ) recently appeared in the supplement "V" that is included in the Grupo Vocento newspapers in (approximately 3 million readers). Journalist Miguel Gutiérrez-Garitano traveled to #Iraq  to report on the war and spent some time visiting our team that is training and advising the Nineveh Plain Forces ( #NPF ) near the front line. Even if you can't read Spanish (Google translator is an option), check out Miguel Gutiérrez-Garitano's excellent photographs. http://www.ideal.es/internacional/201603/21/tiros-contra-yihadistas-20160320192821.html
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The danger faced by  #SOLI  trainers in #Iraq‬  is the focus of episode 6 of the History Channel's  #HistoryNow  series, in which the town where SOLI is training the Nineveh Plain Forces  #NPF comes under rocket attack by  #ISIS . Then the team heads to the range to train the NPF in marksmanship as they prepare for the offensive against ISIS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUKjliAl1k8
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Check out the best episode so far of the History Channel's #HistoryNow  web series about Sons of Liberty International ( #SOLI ) as our team currently deployed in  #Iraq  begins our ambitious program to train a second #Assyrian  Iraqi Christian force to fight against  #ISIS . We're working with the Nineveh Plain Forces (NPF), training them in an abandoned  #Christian  town within walking distance of ISIS positions. Over the next several weeks you'll be able to see our progress as we provide critically needed training, advising, supplies, and other support to the NPF, building on our success in having previously completed training of another Assyrian Iraqi Christian force, the Nineveh Plain Protection Units (NPU).
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This week on the second episode of the History channel's HistoryNow web series, see Sons of Liberty International select a team to deploy to #Iraq  to train an  #Assyrian  militia to fight against #ISIS .
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Sons of Liberty International (SOLI) purchased and gave more than 6,000  #Christmas  gifts in 1,200 gift bags to 1,045  #Assyrian  Iraqi families (over 3,500 children!) in the Ashti 2 refugee camp in Ankawa,  #Iraq . We would like to thank all of those who funded this effort: the donors who made a donation to the continuous fundraiser held by #SOLI  founder Matthew VanDyke on IndieGoGo in 2014 and 2015 to help Assyrian Christians in Iraq, to SOLI supporters ($1,000 of the funding for gifts came from SOLI, as well as several hundred dollars more paid by SOLI to cover logistics costs), and Matthew VanDyke (who donated $1,000 of his own money). We would also like to thank the Bashara Social Charity which was instrumental in making this possible by providing information and data about the refugees to assist us with purchasing the gifts, providing personnel to help us acquire the 6,000+ gifts, providing personnel to assist us with distribution of the gifts, and making arrangements with the Ashti 2 refugee camp administration so that we could deliver the gifts. We would especially like to thank Omed Mansuri (the manager of Bashara Social Charity) and Sabah Zakko (Ashti 2 refugee camp manager). We would also like to thank Ishtar TV for covering the event, which will hopefully inspire others to provide help to the Assyrian refugees in Iraq. Sons of Liberty International is committed to providing support to both the Assyrian fighters and the Assyrian civilians they are fighting for, and we again thank the many donors to Mr. VanDyke’s campaign on IndieGoGo, the thousands of SOLI supporters, and Mr. VanDyke for providing the funding to make this happen and brighten the lives of these innocent refugee children with your donations.
Sons of Liberty International (SOLI) purchased and gave more than 6,000 Christmas gifts in 1,200 gift bags to 1,045 Assyrian families (over 3,500 children!) in the Ashti 2 refugee camp in Ankawa, Iraq.
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Founder of Sons of Liberty International
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  • Sons of Liberty International
    Founder, Director, 2014 - present
    Founder of Sons of Liberty International - http://www.sonsoflibertyinternational.com
  • Documentary Filmmaker
    Documentary Filmmaker, 2007 - 2014
  • Ali Hassan al-Jaber Brigade
    Soldier, 2011 - 2011
  • Libyan Rebel Forces
    Freedom Fighter, 2011 - 2011
  • University of Kurdistan-Hawler
    English Instructor, 2008 - 2008
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New York, NY
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Baltimore, MD - Washington, DC - Fenwick Island, DE - Madrid, Spain - Erbil, Iraq - Tripoli, Libya
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Founder of Sons of Liberty International, Combat veteran and former POW (2011 Libyan Revolution), International Security Analyst, Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker
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Founder of Sons of Liberty International. Combat veteran and prisoner of war of the 2011 Libyan Revolution. Director of the award-winning documentary film "Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution." The film "Point and Shoot" is about some of my life story.
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  • Georgetown University
    Security Studies, 2002 - 2004
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
    Political Science, 1999 - 2002
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Witnessing the horrors in Syria first hand
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A few years ago, a Syrian rebel commander explained western indifference to the conflict in the most concise and heartbreaking way.

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Matthew VanDyke, el exmilitar que entrena a 400 cristianos para combatir a ISIS

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Official NPU document reveals that AMO, RNN, David William Lazar, Jeff Gardner have lied about the NPU-SOLI relationship

CPJ Retracts False Accusations Made Against Matthew VanDyke
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CPJ Retracts False Accusations Made Against Matthew VanDyke

Assyrian Christians in the Fight Against ISIS
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An assessment based on the experiences of Sons of Liberty International advising and training Assyrian Christians in the fight against ISIS

Iraqi Christian Militia Trainer Says No One Else Is Helping Christians F...
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Matthew VanDyke, the leader of the Sons of Liberty International, a group that focuses on training and equipping Iraqi Christian militia to

'Point and Shoot' Shows American Filmmaker in Libyan Revolution
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A young American takes to the road with his video camera, in a motorcycle journey around the Arab world, and ends up fighting alongside Liby

Magazin vom 21.09.2014
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Das Schreckensregiment der Terroristen vom "Islamischen Staat" zieht seine Kreise bis nach Deutschland. Einerseits rekrutiert man hier Nachw

The ISIS propaganda war
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Should media outlets publish the gruesome images of ISIS beheadings?

A Tribute to James Foley and Steven Sotloff - The Freedom Fighter Blog
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Matthew VanDyke pays tribute to his friends, journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, who were beheaded by ISIS in Syria.

Friend of James Foley, Steven Sotloff: ‘They Shouldn’t Be Forgotten’ | F...
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A friend of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff was on “Shepard Smith Reporting” to discuss the ISIS video which allegedly shows Sotl

More American foreign policy failures
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The United States may be ready to work with Syria against ISIS, but not to keep a close eye on Libya.

Friend of Beheaded American Journalist James Foley Says US Gov't Needs t...
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As we learn more about the attempt to rescue the American journalist beheaded by ISIS, friends and family are remembering James Foley as a l

Security Analyst Van Dyke: Focus on ISIS, Forget Iraq
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With Iraq poised to break into separate nation-states, the chief goal of U.S. foreign policy should be to make sure none of those new states

The rise of the Islamic State
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The terrorist group ISIS is perpetrating acts of genocide in northern Iraq.

Help Christians in Iraq
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A mission to help the Christians of Mosul, Iraq who were forced by ISIS to flee their homes.

International security
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International security analyst Matthew VanDyke comments on the Israel-Hamas conflict, ISIS in Iraq, and the downed Malaysian Airlines jet in

AFI Docs Review: “Point and Shoot”
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One of the key questions for any documentary is about the camera itself: How much does the presence of that video camera affect the world im

Matthew Van Dyke, luptător american în Primăvara Arabă: „Prezenţa fundam...
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Ca mulţi alţi copii crescuţi în suburbiile americane, Matthew Van Dyke nu credea vreodată că va ajunge să lupte de partea rebelilor libieni,