Fighting IS: Big Phil’s War
In a gripping new one-hour documentary – Fighting IS: Big Phil’s War – Big Phil Campion – former D Squadron SAS and a veteran of every major conflict zone in the world – travels to the frontline in Syria and Iraq to talk to the men – and women – who are taking the fight to Islamic State.
In Syria he embeds with the Kurdish YPG – still fighting to consolidate the gains they have made in the bitter three month battle for the city of Al Hasakah.
They line up side by side with the women warriors of the YPJ. Most are teenagers or barely in their twenties. They are particularly feared and despised by their Islamist State enemies. To be killed by one of the YPJ is haram – they will not go to Paradise.
Phil crosses the border into Iraq to assess how the Iraqi peshmerga are dealing with an enemy that now controls several thousand square miles of territory.
He finds a force high on morale – but one equipped with weapons that are no match for the sophisticated US supplied equipment that IS has taken from the defeated Iraqi Army after the fall of Mosul.
David Cameron has described the Islamist State caliphate in Syria and Iraq as “an evil against which the whole world must unite.”
But are airstrikes alone enough to defeat an enemy that has triggered the current refugee crisis and threatens the stability of the entire Middle East?
Phil Campion commented: “Travelling to Syria to get the truth for this documentary wasn’t too dissimilar a mission as I could have received whilst serving. The battlefield is my office – it’s where I am trained to do business. Casting an eye on things as a soldier tells a soldier’s tale and not a journalist’s. My previous employment has helped to bring a new angle on things and will hopefully enhance understanding of the story.”