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Two foreign YPG volunteers died in Syria four days before Christmas

By Rudaw 3/1/2017
Canadian Nazzareno Antonio Tassone (L) and Briton Ryan Lock (R) were killed north of Raqqa on December 21. Photo: YPG
Canadian Nazzareno Antonio Tassone (L) and Briton Ryan Lock (R) were killed north of Raqqa on December 21. Photo: YPG
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Two foreign volunteers fighting with the Kurdish forces in Syria were killed a few days before Christmas in the offensive to retake Raqqa from ISIS.

Briton Ryan Lock, 20, was fighting under the nom de guerre Berxwedan Gîvara. Berxwedan means resistance. Canadian Nazzareno Antonio Tassone was fighting under the name Agir Ararat; Agir means fire. 

“Comrades Agir and Berxwedan will be the leaders of our struggle and we will remember them in every moment of our life,” reads a statement issued by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on their deaths. 

Lock, formerly a chef, had no military experience before joining the YPG, the BBC reported. His father described Lock as a “very caring and loving boy who would do anything to help anyone.” The family has asked for privacy as they mourn their son.

The two were killed on December 21 north of Raqqa. The YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched the second phase of their Wrath of Euphrates campaign to retake the city of Raqqa from ISIS on December 10.


Hundreds of foreign volunteers have travelled to northern Syria to join the Kurdish forces. Tens have been killed. 



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Mohamedzzz | 3/1/2017
May God bless the soul of these Martyrs, their death will not go unpunished, Biji Independent Kurdistan
Kurdî | 3/1/2017
May Allah accept their martyrdom and grant them paradise. We will never forget you and all the other international martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the struggle for the freedom of the Kurdish people and against daesh inhumans. Your blood is our blood. You are brave sons of the Kurdish people. Şehîd namirin!
KURDISH STATE | 3/1/2017
The two brave boys , Canadian Nazzareno Tassone and British Ryan Lock came to join the stateless Kurds fighting against the I.S.and its supporters who are the islamist state of Turkey and Saudi Arabia.These two heroes were killed along with their Kurdish brothers by a Turkish air strike while they were fighting the I.S. devil forces. It happens that the British and the Canadian governments are both supporting lslamist Turkey against the Kurds.
bebegun | 3/1/2017
the Kurdish nation owes you and will always regard you as heros! RIP
Dutchman | 4/1/2017
Nazzareno Antonio Tassone, Ryan Lock and all other foreigners that joined the SDF are true heroes. They joined the only effective force against Is in Syria on the ground, while NATO countries are just bombing from a save altitude in the sky. Putin and Assad killed a few hundred thousand civilians, but did not touch IS at all, except taking Palmyra and run away when IS returned. The YPG and SDF are the only armed groups in Syria that stand for tolerance and civilisation.

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