Nom de guerre: Gabar Amed
Name: Jamie Bright
Mother name: Faye Marie
Father name: Malcolm
Born: Australia 1971
Martyr: Şedade, Malha Köyü/25-05-2016
Nom de guerre: Ciwan Firat
Real name: Jordan Mactaggart
Name of mother: Malissa
Name of father: Robert
Birthplace: Colorado / USA
Place and date of martyrdom: Minbic, 3. August 2016
I met Heval Ciwan for the first time when were waiting to cross the border into Rojava in spring 2014. He was a shy young anarchist from the US who sat in the corner of our hut, not really enganging with the rest of us and constantly writing in his journal. Quite frankly, at the time most of us were concerned that he wasn`t cut out for war but within a couple of weeks he proved all of us wrong. Soon after finishing his training he joined tabur Soran, a unit notorious for being in every fight possible. In one of his first contacts with the enemy he got shot in the leg and due to some unfortunate circumstances he was left in the field when his unit withdrew. Heval Ciwan put on his tourniquite on and crawled back to friendly lines the entire night. Amongst the foreign fighters in Rojava this story became a legend, until today people talk about `the American kid that got shot in the leg and crawled out all night`. During his second trip to Rojava Heval Ciwan keenly participated in every single operation possible and when we weren`t fighting Daesh he would mange to get into the skirmishes with the regime.
I never actually spent time with Heval Ciwan in a tabur but we would run into each other on a regular basis. He was always cheerful and content when most of us would be bitching about the food, the climate, battle tactics etc. I always had the feeling that Heval Ciwan was where he belonged, that he found his second home in the YPG, while many other foreign volunteers were just passing through. I know that it is not politically correct to say, but Heval Ciwan grew up and became a man as soon as he joined YPG and saw battle. In no time he became the type of guy you want to have around when things got bad.
Heval Ciwan was also known as `Born Dead` after the tattoo on his wrists, a tattoo that expressed his rather complicated relationship with death and dying which, frankly speaking, I never really understood. Nonetheless, whatever this realationship entailed, as everyone else who had the honour of knowing him in Rojava would agree, Heval Ciwan was a great fighter and a good friend who was taken from us way to soon.
Sehid Namirin – My friend, I will never forget you,
Nom de guerre: Agir Şervan
Real Name: Levı Jonathan Shırley
Name of the Mother: Susan
Name of the Father: Russ
Place of birth: Amerîka/ Nevada
Date and plac of martyrdom: 14.07.2016 Minbic
The Rojava revolution became a revolution for humanity which attracted the attention of the world with the valiance of the resistance of YPG, YPJ and the people of Rojava. One of them was our comrade Agir Servan, of US origin.
Heval Agir Şervan (LEVI JONATHAN SHIRLEY) came to Rojava in February 2015 and joined the YPG. Hevale Agir took part in the Martyr Rubar Qamislo Operation, always in the most advanced front. After the liberation of the Kezwane Mountains he went back to his homeland. In January 2016, Hevale Agir came back to Rojava to the YPG and rejoined the revolution in the defence of the Kobani and Cizire cantons. After that, he joined the Martyr Abu Leyla Operation for the liberation of Minbij.
Hevale Agir was known for his discipline and sense of responsibility. His style and personality were a source of strength, motivation, and morale for his friends. In the fight, Hevale Agir was known and respected as a brave and altruistic person.
We can say that Martyr Agir strenghtend our brotherhood and fought for the freedom of an oppressed people. The sacrifice of our comrade Agir has enriched the democratic revolution being fought in Rojava, His name has been written in the history of our brotherhood. We offer our condolences to the family of Martyr Agir Servan and to all the Martyr’s families.
Nom de guerre: Agir Şervan
Real Name: Levı Jonathan Shırley
Name of the Mother: Susan
Name of the Father: Russ
Place of birth: Amerîka/ Nevada
Date and plac of martyrdom: 14.07.2016 Minbic
Remembering Sehid Agir – Words from his friends
It was in march 2016 when I met Heval Agir the first time. Our position in the east of Eyn Issa in Kobani canton had been attacked by a suicide truck several weeks before and had been completedly destroyed: The remains of the old restaurant stood isolated in the desert-like plaine 50 km north of Raqqa, without walls, without cover, without anything. We had to rebuild everything and worked from the morning to the evening. In the night we had 3 hour guard shifts, always in range of DAIS morters, rockets and heavy machinegun fire. This was the situation when Heval Agir arrived, a situation where a lot of other people would say no to and would have gone back to easier places with better food, a shower and internet. Heval Agir understood that fighting in Rojava means more then just getting up for operations, firing some rounds and then to get back to the safer places behind the frontline. “Everybody can fight, but not everybody can stay at the place of war” he said. I remember one time a fellow friend looked at one of the magazines out of Heval Agir’s chest rig and the first three bullets were a little dusty. Like any true and proud soldier he took his gear without comments, went on his sleeping place and started to clean all magazines and bullets. In military matters Heval Agir was always disciplined and serious.
Although Heval Agir’s kurdish was not perfect his ability to communicate and to develop good relationships with all friends was impressive. When he showed his comedian-talents everybody was lying on ground laughing. Whenever Heval Agir saw me stressed, he started to immitate Arnold Schwarzeneggers German-English and my troubles, the stress and difficulties of the frontline disappeared. When we planned to paint the restaurant, Heval Agir came up with a loads of drafts. Together we had big plans of murales of our martyrs, YPG-flags and of course the american eagle. Eventhough Hevale Agir was a real us-american patriot who loved the Marine Corps, he was able to accept different political opinions and perspectives on capitalism as well as the us-american history. He was open-minded and true and honest to his own positions, and because of that we respected each other. We concentrated on the values that united us, the essential matters of life and war, and of course the enemy. Together we spend hours observing the enemy and drew up possible attack plans. Well prepared for battle we were waiting together every night for the enemy to show up. I will always remember the funny and creative code names Heval Agir gave the enemy positions along our frontline. Unforgettable are the moments when Heval Agir shouted from the roof of our restaurant “Katuscha coming from Johnny Apple Seed”.
Working, fighting and living with Hevale Agir was an honour for us all, and we will never forget this time. Hevale Agir was a good soldier, a brilliant comedian, an ambitioned artist and an altruist who loved people without making differences between different religions, colours, nations or political opinions. But more importantly Hevale Agir was a real friend, in good days and in bad days, and with his friendship he earned a spot forever in our hearts and minds. Loosing him was hard, but Hevale Agir was always realistic. He knew the risks and took them responsibily and concnioussly. He fought for live, knowing that live means more then just eating and breathing. He could not accept injustice and judged DAIS’s brutal attacks against the people in Rojava as attacks against humanity itself. Living in peace and comfort while other people are suffering made him crazy. Thus he was willing to risk everything in the fight for freedom and equality. That he lost his life in the struggle is hard for all of us. We lost a good friend, a loved brother who was a truly unique individual. He will never be forgotten and in our minds and hearts, our stories and our fight against the enemy he will live forever.
Cihan Kendal/Baz Andok
The tree of liberty must be refreshed time to time by the blood of patriots and tyrants
What made a young american coming here when he could stay at home?
Heval Agir was among the first to engage as volunteer among the YPG forces last year to fight the islamic state. He did his time here, and came back home. But there was still something wrong : Islamic state was still existing, and still continuing crimes. Agir came back. It didn’t had any sense to stay at home until the job here is done. He fought in Shadadeh, he fought in Ain-Issa, and then in Manbij.
We spent nice time together, talking about tattoos he wanted to do once he’ll be at home, talking about opening a restaurant here in Rojava with north american specialities only (his mac n`cheese had a reputation in the frontline!), or doing jokes. It wasn’t possible to be bored with a guy like him, full of energy and life.
But even he was the best for jokes, or to quote any cult movies, he was knowing how to be serious.
For his job first, soldier, it was impossible to see Agir late for a guard, or to not control a situation. Too, the reasons he was here was clear on his mind. It wasn’t a game or to have a gun. It was the result of a reflexion about human and the duty each of us have to others. Heval Agir wasn’t only a friend, or a soldier for us. He was also an humanist.
To him, being here was the same thing than being in Europe to beat the nazis 75 years ago.When dictators rises, we need to stand up against them. If we don’t, nobody will do. And we let the evil spread. He wouldn’t have be satisfied until the last human on this earth would be free.
Too, he was often mentioning that we need to protect the weakers, refugees, oppressed people, whatever they are, wherever they are. Armies doesn’t exist to use the force, but to ban the force out of civilian area. Soldiers sacrifies themselves to keep the war far from people who don’t want it. That the choice he did. Rather than child or family, if someone would have be get killed, he would have prefer giving his own life. And that is what he did.
He joined the heroes that history needs, the long line of people who push up the human condition to something better. That what I remember when I think to my friend. I think about his family, and all the things he would have do if he was still there.
He’s a hero, and I hope that people in their daily life, when they walk on the street, have fun or just relax in their room, remember that the price of peace is the blood of people who said no.
I first met Heval Agir (Levi Shirley) on the frontline in Til Tamar in 2015. Even though he had only been in the country a few weeks he had just got out of his first major firefight with the Islamic State.
His unit had come under a brutal and sustained night attack by ISIS fighters. Agir and his comrades had the higher ground so after a long night 12 Isis lay dead and only one Kurdish fighter was slightly wounded. It was a brutal introduction to the International Volunteers in Syria but it was exactly what Agir wanted. He came to fight and participate in the destruction of one of the most vicious ideologies of hate this world has ever seen.
Agir had been a proud member of the US marines. In fact, he talked of little else! I’m not sure I’ve met a greater patriot of America or someone who knew so much about its military history. He taught me a lot, particularly about the US tradition of fighting in foreign wars.
For him, the fight against ISIS was like the young Americans that joined the British airforce during the Second World War. The American Eagles weren’t content to sit out the war and watch the facists roll over Europe. In the same spirit, Agir couldn’t stay at home and watch while ISIS raped and murdered their way across Syria.
Agir had a determination to see you smile! He was always cracking jokes and doing impressions of the people around him. A few months ago – to boost morale – he did a comedy routine for a couple of Kurdish units on the frontline. He had people in stitches, to say he was loved would be a understatement.
This was his second time in Syria, nearly 1 year of fighting ISIS on the ground. He came before the Obama administration realised the significance of the YPG alliance and it’s ability to ‘degrade and destroy’ ISIS.
He came for no pay. For no public recognition or medals. He came knowing that he risked death and terrible injury at the hands of a brutal and remorseless enemy. Even with all this considered, it was in Agirs nature to risk all that to protect the innocent people that suffer the most.
When Americans hear about his sacrifice, I hope it gives them great pride. We are one human race that shares one planet. It’s about time people realised that liberty and justice aren’t just words, they’re a birth right. Agir knew that the West could have done more to stop ISIS years ago. He felt compelled to make a difference so he led by example and paid the ultimate price.
Rest in peace old friend, you died a Kurdish and American hero.
Heval Agir was a very brave man. I spend five months with him last year, and ran into him many times in Manbij. Myself, all the other westerns and the kurds enjoyed his company very much. He was the funniest guy I have met. The one liners and the knowing of many movies line by line was much needed when moral was low. He was very proud to being helping in the fight against evil, he said many times that ‘ÍS is the greatest threat to man kind since Nazi Germany”. He was happy to help the kurds and the revolution in Rojava ,saying many times if we want the Middle east to become a stable place the USA needs to be helping military and help with making Rojava a successful place for people all of creeds and ethnicity’s. Heval Agir will be missed by many people in Rojava and around the world.
Nom de guerre: DILSOZ BAHAR
Name: KEVIN JOCHİM
Mother’s name: MAORİNE KOSTLUK
Father’s name: FREİDİ BENKLER
Place of birth: KARLSRUHE- GERMANY
Martyred: 6.7.2015, ŞERGIRAT VILLAGE, SULUK
YPG Press Office announced the death of German fighter Kevin Jochim (Dilsoz Bahar) in a clash in Silûk town of Girê Spî, Rojava (West) Kurdistan, on 6 July, 2015.
In a press statement on its website, YPG said that Rojava continued to set an example of fraternity of peoples despite all the counter approaches, adding; “All opponent forces, the ISIS gang organization in the first place, desire to turn Rojava into a place or center of conflicts among peoples on the grounds of their nation, belief and sects. This is why they have put all such attempts and provocations into practice. Still, the wariness of our people has eliminated these plans despite all their efforts and despicable plans.”
Pointing out that the philosophy embraced by the people of Rojava played a major role in the elimination of these plans, YPG said this philosophy which was based on sharing culture, neighborhood, embracing of each other had today proved the democratic nation project to be the most contemporary instance of solution.
YPG continued, underlining that; “This stance has an influence on not only the neighboring Kurdish, Arab, Persian, Assyrian and Turkish peoples, but also all the freedom adorers throughout the entire world, thanks to which the support for the revolutionary struggle in Rojava always remains high and strong. Youths from across the world are coming to Rojava, uniting here and taking their place in the defense of free life on the fronts of resistance. The sacred land gets wet with blood and tear.”
YPG said that one of these heroes was comrade Kevin Jochim (Dilsoz Bihar), of German origin, who was born into an esteemed family in the German city of Karlsruhe on 2 November, 1993. He joined the ranks of the freedom struggle in 2012, after which he took place in numerous daring battles and played an important role in the liberation of ISIS-occupied villages and settlements within the Operation Commander Rubar Qamishlo.
YPG said that comrade Dilsoz unfortunately fell a martyr in clashes in the Şergirat village of Silûk town on 6th July, 2015.
Pledging to pursue the objectives and dreams of comrade Dilsoz, and to do the best to succeed against darkness, YPG extended condolences to martyr Dilsoz’s family, and the Kurdish and German people.
YPG gave the following information regarding the profile of the fallen German fighter;
Nom de guerre : DILSOZ BAHAR
Name : KEVIN JOCHİM
Mother’s name: MAORİNE KOSTLUK
Father’s name : FREİDİ BENKLER
Place of birth : KARLSRUHE- GERMANY
Martyred : 6.7.2015, ŞERGIRAT VILLAGE, SULUK
“Doch ich habe mich für diesen Weg entschlossen.”
Heute vor einem Jahr hat unser Freund Kevin, Heval Dilsoz Bahar, im Kampf
gegen den IS in der Nähe von Silûk in Rojava/Nord-Syrien sein Leben
gelassen. Viele Menschen werden sich heute Fragen, wie es dazu gekommen
ist. Kevin hat kurz bevor er gefallen ist angefangen seine Lebensgeschichte
niederzuschreiben, darin gibt er selbst eine Antwort auf diese Frage:
“Vom Erzieher-Azubi zum Guerillakämpfer auf den Bergen und YPG-Mitglied
in Nordsyrien. Das ist mein Lebenslauf. Sicher, kein normaler Lebenslauf für
einen 18-jährigen Deutscher aus einer süddeutschen Stadt, der im Vergleich
zu vielen Menschen aus der dritten Welt die Chance hatte, ein normales,
einfaches und ruhiges Leben zu führen, wie das ja so viele Deutsche
anstreben. Doch ich habe mich für diesen Weg entschlossen. […] Nahezu 3
Jahre lang sammelte ich kulturelle, politische, ideologische und militärische
Erfahrung. Ich sah positives und negatives in diesen drei Jahren, aber vor
allem sah ich die Realität des Mittleren Ostens und die des Kurdischen Volkes,
einem Volk dem es seit über 100 Jahren verboten war es selbst zu sein. Die
Geschichte von einem der ältesten Völker im Mittleren Osten verleugnet und
vergessen. Verlorene Rechte wieder zurückzugewinnen. Das war das Ziel von
PKK und YPG. Und diesen beiden Organisationen dabei auszuhelfen war auch
mein Ziel, ganz egal wie terroristisch auch die PKK eingestuft wird.[…]
3 Jahre lang habe ich mit den Kurden in derselben Front gekämpft. Nicht nur
mit Kurden. Ich kämpfte mit Arabern, Türken, Persern, Türkmenen,
Deutschen, Franzosen, Spaniern, Portugiesen, Holländern, Engländern,
Rumänen, Esten, Australiern, Italienern, Kanadiern und Amerikanern. Und
neben mir sind viele wertvolle und wunderbare Menschen gefallen. Auch ich
bin dieses Risiko mit vollem Bewusstsein eingegangen. Aber dazu kommen wir
später. Denn meine Geschichte fängt erst an.”
Es folgt der Beginn des ersten Kapitels, indem er sich intensiv mit seiner
Sozialisierung während Kindheit und Jugend auseinandersetzt, doch konnte er
seine Niederschrift, die er entweder “Gerechtigkeit heißt kämpfen” oder
“Wunsch nach Freiheit” nennen wollte, durch seinen jungen Tod nicht zu Ende
Heval Dilsoz kam 2012 nach Kurdistan, weil ihm die Idee des demokratischen
Konföderalismus, entwickelt durch Abdullah Öcalan, neue Hoffnung gab. Eine
Idee, die als Ergebnis von über 40 Jahren Kampf der kurdischen
Freiheitsbewegung, heute, hier in Rojava, immer mehr Wirklichkeit wird. Die
Revolution in Rojava, mit ihrem Paradigma radikaler Basisdemokratie,
Geschlechterbefreiuung und Ökologie, ist inzwischen Kristallisationspunkt für
den Kampf für ein friedliches Zusammenleben verschiedener Ethnien und
Religionen, sie hat eine föderale Selbstverwaltung der Bevölkerung in
Kommunen und Räten aufgebaut, arbeitet an einer sozialökologischen
Ökonomie und einem konsensorientierten Gerechtigkeitssystem. Heval Dilsoz
nahm mit voller Überzeugung und Hingabe seinen Platz bei der Verteidigung
der Errungenschaften dieser Revolution in Rojava ein. Er kämpfte als
Internationalist für Menschlichkeit und ein freies Leben. Er stand an der Seite
der widerständigen freiheitssuchenden Gesellschaften des mittleren Ostens,
als Teil der demokratischen Moderne, konfrontiert mit der Barbarei des IS
und seiner menschenverachtenden Banden, als zugespitzter Ausdruck der
zerstörerischen Mentalität von Patriarchat und kapitalistischer Moderne.Heval Dilsoz ist dafür bekannt geworden, dass er sehr schnell ausgesprochen
gutes Kurdisch lernte und ein sehr großes Interesse für die kurdische
Geschichte und Gesellschaft aufbrachte. Dabei setzte er sich ebenso stark mit
seiner eigenen Sozialisierung und europäischen Geschichte auseinander, er
nahm immer aktiv an jeglichen Diskussion teil und entfaltete mit seinem tiefen
Verständnis für die Befreiungsideologie der kurdischen Bewegung große
Wirkung auf sein Umfeld. Dadurch wurde ihm trotz der kurzen Zeit, die er in
der Bewegung war, viel Verantwortung übertragen. Die YPG-
Generalkommandantur sagte nach seinem Tod dazu: “Natürlich war Kevin
nicht nur ein Kämpfer, der unseren Kampf verstärkte. Tatsächlich war er mit
seiner Erfahrung und seinem Wissen ein Vorbild für jüngere Kämpferinnen
und Kämpfer. Er hat sich nicht nur große Verdienste an der Front erworben,
sein Ziel war es, Brücken zu bauen. Er kämpfte mit, um eine äußerst wichtige
Brücke zwischen den Kurden von Rojava zu schaffen, und er schlug eine
Brücke zwischen Kontinenten für das Schicksal unserer Völker und der
Weil Heval Dilsoz in den linken Kämpfen Deutschlands wichtige Perspektiven
fehlten, zog ihn die Revolution in Kurdistan und die Philosophie Abdullah
Öcalans an, von der er lernen wollte und sie als Alternative für die gesamte
Menschheit verstand. Spätestens nach der heroischen Verteidigung von
Kobanê hat diese Revolution die nationalen Grenzen überwunden und gab
Freiheitsbewegungen weltweit neue Kraft und Hoffnung für die Überwindung
des Unerträglichen und dem Aufbau einer neuen Gesellschaft. Viele Menschen
folgten dem Weg Heval Dilsoz und kamen nach Kurdistan, um Teil dieser
Revolution zu werden, um von ihr zu lernen, Brücken zu schlagen und sie mit
anderen Kämpfen zu verbinden. Insbesondere heute müssen sich die
progressiven und demokratischen Kräfte weltweit zum Kampf und zur
Philosophie der kurdischen Befreiungsbewegung verhalten, mit all ihrem
Potenzial für eine Renaissance für die in der Krise befindlichen Gesellschaften
des Westens. Es liegt an uns, eine Antwort darauf finden, was diese Revolution
mit uns zu tun hat, wie wir auf unsere eigene Art und Weise dem Vorbild
Heval Dilsoz folgen können.
Dilsoz bedeutet Treue bzw. Herzschwur. Heute tragen Kinder und Jugendliche
Rojavas die Namen von Internationalist_innen wie Dilsoz und Ivana. Durch
diese Tradition der kurdischen Bewegung geraten sein Leben und sein Kampf
nicht Vergessenheit, bleiben uns auf diese Weise treu und geben Kraft und
Glauben, seinen Weg fortzuführen. Wie einige Freunde bereits einmal sagten:
Bahar bedeutet Frühling, ein Frühling der neues Leben, neuen Aufbruch und
neue Kraft bedeutet. Kevin, Dilsoz Bahar, wird in unseren Herzen und
Kämpfen für ein neues Leben weiterleben.
Die Gefallenen sind unsterblich!
Internationalistisches Komitee – Lêgerîn