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Azad Cudi is a British national from a Kurdish background. He grew up in eastern Kurdistan, where he was conscripted into the Iranian army and escaped to the UK aged just 19. He was granted asylum and citizenship, learnt English and began working as a journalist for the Kurdish diaspora media. In 2011, he was working for a television station in Stockholm when the Syrian civil war broke out and the Kurds established their autonomous enclave of Rojava. Azad's response was to fly out to Syria and work as a provincial administrator, but as the civil war expanded he became a fighter in the volunteer army, the YPG, part of the 68-country anti-ISIS coalition, deploying as a sniper in the victorious battle to save Kobani. He now lives in the UK.


'A book to marvel at, learn from, and return to again and again' -- John le Carre

'Kurdish Azad Cudi recalls encounters with ISIS terrorists in Syria. As a sniper his job was to pick off
ISIS fighters. He was remarkably successful, killing 250 people. Although troubled and badly injured, he fought
to the bitter end to oust ISIS from Kobani, now under Kurdish control, and describes his experiences in vivid prose'

-- James Murray * Daily Mirror *
'Simply outstanding . . . powerful' * Booklist *
This record of what [Azad Cudi] did and went through is profoundly affecting, the first-person narrative offering a condensed history of the Kurds and a personal take on their role in the ongoing war that is accessible and, for a complacent westerner, chastening. There are horrors but also humanity - inspiration, even, alongside the tragedy. A surprisingly lyrical tribute to a much-put-upon people and to fallen comrades in arms - as often women as men - that deserves a wide audience -- Fergal Hallahan * Irish News *

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