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YPG volunteer facing terror charge in UK

By Rudaw 7/2/2018
A YPG fighter in northern Syria. File photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP
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. 

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guest2002 | 8/2/2018
yep.he is being prosecuted for "terrorizing" ISIS!!! hahahaaa
Jagerxin derashy | 8/2/2018
The patriot volunteer, fighting for country his rights human rights And most importantly to end the beheading of innocent people , makes the most reliable soldier on earth... to see a brave hero’s like this remarkable soldier have been branded as terrorist is unbelievable when we know all this is politically motivated! To please sultans is very sad spicily when it happens in a country like UK ?!!!
delshad | 8/2/2018
i didnt know fighting with isis will make you terrorist .
Brit | 8/2/2018
yes, because he has been military training in some 3rd world country. For the UK everyone is potential terrorist who got involved to silly wars. I respect them a lot for this. YPG is terrorist organisation, fighting ISIS doesnt make it peace organisation.
Another face oF Brits | 8/2/2018
Another brutal face of Briton"s goverment to blackmail Kurds and all other whites.Kurds' and all other whites number one enemy is Turkey number two is Briton governmen.
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