After Matthew VanDyke’s friends were beheaded by ISIS, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

Bro Bible – Despite all of the turmoil that VanDyke had endured, the unnecessary and barbaric executions of his two friends was a life-altering moment, he explains his grief to Vice:

These were good friends and great men, and their deaths had a life-changing impact on me. I had been working on Syrian Revolution issues before their deaths, but after they were beheaded by ISIS, I focused my work on combating ISIS. Just as my personal friendships with Libyans had been the catalyst for my action in Libya, my friendships with James and Steven were the catalyst for my action against ISIS. It had become personal, in addition to ideological.

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