The remains of a Coloradan killed fighting ISIS in Syria could soon be back with his family in the United States.
The body of Levi Shirley, a civilian who was killed fighting with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units in July, or YPG, was transported Monday morning from a hospital in Syria. His remains were to be taken to an undisclosed location in Iraq by Kurdish officials, said a spokesperson for Colorado U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter.
Shirley’s family said talks continue with the U.S. State Department and Kurdish People’s Protection Units to secure his trip home out of Iraq, most likely through Qatar.
In a YouTube video posted by the YPG after his death, Shirley calls ISIS "my definition of pure evil," and says, "I came here to stop that."
According to the New York Times, Shirley is among about 100 U.S. civilians who have have become vigilante fighters against ISIS. Washington Post national security reporter Dan Lamothe told CPR News the Americans typically make contact with groups fighting ISIS through Facebook and other social media.
Two other foreign fighters, including Jack MacTaggart of Castle Rock, are also being taken out of Iraq.