'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor joins Kurds, takes on IS in Syria

  • Agencies, London
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2015 08:03 IST

A British actor who has had minor roles in Hollywood films has joined Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria and appeared in an online video Tuesday.

Michael Enright, who played Deckhand in Johnny Depp-starrer Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, appeared in a video released by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, known as the YPG. The video showed him in a trench with other fighters firing an assault rifle.

“IS are dangerous to every human being alive,” Enright says in the video, posted on the YPG’s Facebook page, referring to the IS group.He called for weapons and medical aid for the Kurdish fighters, describing them as “my havals,” the Kurdish word for comrades.

However, Enright has been branded “mentally unstable” by some of his colleagues because of his erratic and abusive behaviour, the Daily Mail reported.A message from the group he’s fighting for claimed Enright had physically assaulted a number of people since arriving — including an Iraq war veteran — and had made threats to take his own life when being asked to leave.

Jordan Maston, a former US Marine who acts a spokesman and de facto leader of the Westerners fighting against the jihadis, also posted a message on Facebook urging the US or UK to send somebody to take Enright back from the warzone before his abusive behaviour gets him murdered.The YPG has emerged as a key fighting force against IS in Syria.

With the help of US-led coalition airstrikes, they have succeeded in liberating dozens of towns and villages in northeastern Syria from IS.Dozens of other Westerners now fight with the Kurds, both in Syria and Iraq.

Enright also played minor roles in “Knight and Day” and “Old Dogs,” according to the IMDb online entertainment database.In an interview with Dubai-based al Aan TV from the Kurdish city of Hassakeh, Enright said he became aware of IS when the extremist group “cut off an American journalist’s head.”

But the “straw that broke the camel’s back” came in February, when the group released a video showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive.Enright sleeps on the floor in his dusty military fatigues with his Kalashnikov rifle nearby, the Washington Post said.

His singular focus, he told al Aan, is killing Islamic State militants. Enright said he is willing to die for the cause.“I didn’t come here to play games, I wrote to all my friends and family because I might not see them again,” he told Al Aan.

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