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Mar
2017
Tuesday 21st
posted by Steve Sweeney in Britain

A BRITISH man who was arrested on his return home from fighting Isis in Syria said he “wouldn’t have forgiven himself for not going.”

Josh Walker from Bristol fought alongside the Kurdish YPG forces against the terrorist groups for six months.

He was arrested under the Terrorism Act at Gatwick Airport on his return to Britain before being released on bail.

Mr Walker told the BBC that despite some “terrifying moments” he would “always be proud” of what he did.

He added: “I hadn’t gone out in a gung-ho manner but if I was under attack I was going to fight.

“All you can do is keep your head down and hope it stops.”

The young Brit travelled via Turkey and Iraq before arriving in the semi-autonomous state of Rojava in northern Syria.

The YPG is a Kurdish nationalist and democratic organisation in which officers are elected by troops. With around 20,000 fighters, 40 per cent of the YPG are made up of women.

The YPG-majority Syrian Defence Forces have been engaged in operations to liberate Manbij and Raqqa from Isis.

But they have periodically clashed with the Syrian government, which fears demands for Kurdish autonomy could “Balkanise” the country.

Mr Walker also fought alongside 20-year-old British fighter Ryan Lock, who was killed in a battle north of Raqqa and is reported to have shot himself rather than face capture.

The Foreign Office advises against all travel to Syria due to a “high threat from terrorism” and a “very high threat of kidnapping” throughout the country.




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