Commander Alaa Ajabu of Jabhat al-Akkrad (Kurdish Front Brigade) was killed in fighting against al-qaeda linked ISIS in Northern Syria. I was fortunate enough to meet him last year in Aleppo. We sat down and chatted for a few minutes and he came across as a genuinely caring man who wanted the best for his people. RIP command Ajabu.

Alaa Ajabu, commander of the Kurdish Front Brigade, a joint YPG/FSA unit in the Sheikh Maqsood District of Aleppo, Syria on April 20, 2013. The YPG (Popular Protection Units) of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD)  considers itself a popular democratic militia with the mission of maintaining order and protecting the lives of those in the primarily kurdish districts of Syria. In March of 2013 the YPG and FSA began to cooperate in the conflict against the Syrian Regime.

Alaa Ajabu, commander of the Kurdish Front Brigade, a joint YPG/FSA unit in the Sheikh Maqsood District of Aleppo, Syria on April 20, 2013. The YPG (Popular Protection Units) of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) considers itself a popular democratic militia with the mission of maintaining order and protecting the lives of those in the primarily kurdish districts of Syria. In March of 2013 the YPG and FSA began to cooperate in the conflict against the Syrian Regime.