A secretive unit of international veterans went on its first anti-ISIL mission last fall. Hours later, a Canadian was dead
WHEATLEY, Ont. — On a recent Saturday, Steve Krsnik made his way to the old manse where Valerie Carder lives with her dog, beside a family cemetery on Lake Erie, in a part of southwestern Ontario where farms sprout giant wind turbines.
Krsnik was slimmed down after ten months in Syria, the last four as a sniper in a secretive international fighting unit called the 223.
Commanded by a former U.S. Marine from New York known as Servan Amriki, Kurdish for “American Warrior,” the unit’s official name was the Martyr Bagok unit, in honor of Ash “Bagok” Johnston, the first Western volunteer to die in the fight against ISIL. But informally they were just the 223, after February 23, 2015 — the day the Australian was killed. Continue reading