Local Professor Helps Rescue A Young Girl From ISIS

Aug 31, 2017

It’s back to school season, a time when many students are asked, "What did you do over the summer?" Well, one professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has an intriguing answer to that question.

History professor Brian Glyn Williams traveled to Iraq, where he helped rescue a young girl from ISIS.

The girl, whose name is Fayza, is a member of the Yazidi minority, an ethnic and religious group ISIS has targeted. Williams told Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison that he boarded a plane with $17,000 to pay the ransom for her release.

A professor in the UMass Dartmouth History Department, Williams is also the author of several books, including "Counter Jihad: America's Military Experience in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria" and "The Last Warlord: The Live and Legend of Dostum, the Afghan Warrior Who Led US Special Forces to Topple the Taliban Regime."