Tuesday 24 April 2018

British soldier who left post to fight against ISIS has been found

The 19-year-old British soldier that left his base to join Kurdish forces
The 19-year-old British soldier that left his base to join Kurdish forces

Kylie MacLellan

A serving British soldier who joined the Kurds fighting Islamic State has been found and is being returned to the UK.

The 19-year-old is believed to have left his base after telling his family he was going to join the Kurdish Peshmerga in their battle against the extremist group.

The soldier was the first instance of a serving member of the British army joining Kurdish forces.

A small number of former serviceman have already done so.

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"The soldier reported as missing last week has now been located and is being returned to his unit," British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told parliament, refusing to comment further on the details of the case.

The soldier is understood to have joined the army at the age of 16 after leaving school and had been learning Arabic.

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In December it emerged that two former British soldiers had travelled to Syria to fight against IS after feeling ‘compelled’ to take up arms following the murder of aid volunteer Alan Henning.

Britain has been taking part in air raids against IS in Iraq and nearly 200 service personnel are involved in training Iraqi and Peshmerga forces to fight against Isis.
 

Reuters

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