A group of German bikers have followed in the footsteps of a Dutch Motorcycle Club and joined in the fight against Isis in Syria.
Members of the Cologne-based Median Empire Motorcycle Club, who reportedly have strong Kurdish links, have joined Kurdish militia in the fight against Isis (also known as Islamic State), with images and messages posted on Facebook reporting their progress.
The Facebook profile for “AZAD 1%ER,”who claims to be the founder and national president of the German biker club, has been posting images of his “brothers” in Syria, wearing Median Empire branded t-shirts and carrying guns.
One post shows two men climbing a hill in Syria in their motorcycle get-up with guns slung over their shoulders, with the message: “Our boys were in Kobani today and told me they were shot at but nothing happened. They are okay,” and promising to keep followers up to date.
Another post shows a fighter in a camouflage shirt sat on a hill and aiming a gun, identifying the person as the vice president and “brother” of the biker group, posing in defence of ‘Shengal’, also known as the town of Sinjar, home to the Yazidi Kurds in Iraq.
The battle for Kobani, which has been raging for over a month, isappearing to take a turn as Kurdish fighters begin to repel Isis’ advances with the help of US airstrikes. The members of the German Motorcycle Club are not the first European bikers to have joined the fight against Isis.
Three bikers from the Dutch No Surrender Banditos Club are understood to have travelled to Mosul, Iraq, to join forces with the Kurds. A photo on a Kurdish-Dutch Twitter account showed a man identified as ‘Ron’ holding a Kalashnikov and standing with his arm around a Kurdish fighter.