Training 1: October, 2014 to January, 2015
In October, 2014 Sons of Liberty International (SOLI) began strategizing with Iraqi Assyrian Christians to assist them in the creation of the NPU (Nineveh Plain Protection Units), a military force in the Nineveh Plain region of Iraq on the frontlines of the fight against ISIS. SOLI and its founder, Matthew VanDyke, provided a range of services to the NPU beginning in October 2014:
Training 2: January, 2015 to April, 2015
In January of 2015, SOLI and the NPU (Nineveh Plain Protection Units) received permission from the Peshmerga and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to train the entire battalion of Assyrian Christian NPU soldiers. This official authorization allowed SOLI and the NPU to move the training from the facility north of Mosul to an official military base, the Manila Training Center, near Chamchamal, Iraq.
The first battalion of NPU soldiers graduated from SOLI training on February 18, 2015. SOLI continued close advising and consulting of the newly trained battalion and the NPU leadership through May, 2015.