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American volunteer with YPG died two days before Manbij victory

By Rudaw 17/8/2016
William Savage of the state of Maryland died on August 10. Photo: YPG
William Savage of the state of Maryland died on August 10. Photo: YPG
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—William Savage, from the state of Maryland in the US, was killed on August 10, in the final days of the operation to liberate Manbij from the Islamic State (ISIS). 

Savage, joined the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) as a volunteer in early 2015. He fought using the Kurdish name Amed Kobane. 

He was taking part in an effort to rescue civilians in Manbij city when he was seriously injured in an ISIS bombardment. The medical team was unable to save him. 

“Despite all differences, William believed in building a common and peaceful life,” reads a statement from the YPG on his death. And his memory “will stay alive in the hearts and souls of all his friends.”

The operation to liberate the northern Syrian city of Manbij was launched in late May by the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) under the auspices of the Manbij Military Council. They declared victory in the city on August 12, two days after Savage’s death.

At least six foreign volunteers have died in Manbij including Mario Nunes, Levi Jonathan Shirley, Dean Carl Evans, Martin Gruden, and Jordan MacTaggart. 

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ehh | 18/8/2016
All honor to Mr. William and all who sacrified for a good cause. The liberation of the ppl of that cities price is the life of him and many other peshmerga. But i dont understand, why are kurds sacrifying their lifes for a non kurdish city/region? I dont mind the ppl there at all. But only thing worth risking/losing life for is kurdish land for kurds. No one else helps kurds so why risk kurdish lifes for liberating their areas and cities??? Again nothing again the poor ppl that been just freed from the animals that took over the city. But when this settles down, they might be the first ppl to stab kurds in the back. I hope YPG has made some deal to secure something for all kurdish lifes lost and all brave soldiers from other countrie fighting alongside YPG. Same goes for mosul!
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Stewee Guy | 18/8/2016
Question: How many people from all religions except Islam came to help the Kurds and how many Muslims and Arabs came to help the Kurds ? Somerthing for my people in Iraqi Kurdistan to think about.
mike | 18/8/2016
Will, love you like a brother. We all miss you so much, and know you gave those evil mother fuckers hell. More importantly, we know you fought for what you believed in, and made a stand against evil when so many others would turn cheek. We know you kept your brothers safe, and above all else know the world is a better place for having you in it. You made those around you better, and had a presence that drew people toward you. I'm forever thankful for the time that we spent together, and am honored to be your friend. My heart breaks knowing you are gone, but at the same time am grateful that you found your place in the world. My prayers are with you, your father, your sister, and the brothers that survive you overseas. We will find a good home for Nova. Rest in peace
A Kurd in exile | 18/8/2016
Rest in Peace Bill(William)Savage!
American | 18/8/2016
Is the US air-dropping medicine and medical equipment to the Syrian Kurds? I just wonder if the death was preventable. Either way, may God rest this hero's soul.
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