A YPG fighter in northern Syria. File photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A British volunteer who joined the Kurdish YPG to fight ISIS is facing a terror charge in the United Kingdom.
Jim Matthews, 43, is accused of “attending a place or places in Iraq and Syria where instruction or training was provided for purposes connected to the commission or preparation of terrorism on or before 15 February 2016,” London’s Metropolitan Police stated on Wednesday.
The YPG is a key ally of the global anti-ISIS coalition in the war against ISIS in northern Syria, under the umbrella of the SDF. The UK is a member of the coalition.
He is due to be formally charged in court on February 14.
This is believed to be the first case of a terror charge for a British volunteer who fought against ISIS.
The British government has repeatedly warned volunteers that they could face legal consequences.