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Young Cambodians Want to Fight ISIS

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Image taken from a video released in January by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS) allegedly shows ISIS fighters. (Photo: AFP)

PHNOM PENH, Oct. 28, (Khmer Times) – About 50 young Cambodians request permission from President Barack Obama to join the US in their fight against the ISIS.


A national election ex-candidate from the Cambodia National Rescue Partyand  leader of this group of young adults, Suon Sophorn,, said that he sent a letter to Senator Ted Cruz (Republican) of Texas. The group wants President Obama to allow them to join up with the US forces in Iraq and Syria. 

Senator Cruz seems to have promised to present their request to the President. “He [Mr. Cruz] will answer our request in early November,” Mr. Sophorn said.

He has a superior and ultimate purpose in taking up the fight against the jihadist ISIS. He wants the international community to fight against Vietnamese rebels in Cambodia and the island of Koh Tral after they have finished fighting ISIS.

He added that if he receives no answer by the beginning of November, he will hold a rally in front of the US Embassy – as originally planned.  The rally has been postponed indefinitely.  

More of the planned (and postponed) actions are petitioning the US Embassy, the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Prime Minister Hun Sen. 

He told Khmer Times that he does not care if the government does not allow his group to join in the fighting; they will proceed if the US approves.

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