IRAQ—

The Kurdish forces combating ISIS recently received aid from an unlikely ally: a Dutch motorcycle gang known as No Surrender.

Tattooed and muscled members of the group were pictured looking armed and dangerous in photos alongside Kurdish soldiers. The photographs circulated Twitter, receiving comments of public support as well as government concern.

Last month, Public Prosecutor Spokesman, Wim de Bruin, said the bikers’ decision to combat ISIS was perfectly legal.

“Joining a foreign armed force was previously punishable, now it’s no longer forbidden,” de Bruin told AFP. “You just can’t join a fight against the Netherlands.”

The bikers traveled to parts of Syria and Iraq, hoping to give the Kurds some much needed military support.

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