British man dies fighting against Isis in Syria

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 11, 2017

A British man has died while fighting against the so-called Islamic State in Syria, a Kurdish military group has announced.

Dean Evans, 22, from Warminster, died in the village of Manbij in July 2016; while Ryan Lock, 22, from Chichester, killed himself as he was about to be captured by ISIS while fighting in Raqqa in December past year.

Luke Rutter, 22, from Birkenhead in Merseyside, was killed on 5 July in the battle for Raqqa, according to the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG).

In a video of a "final message" posted on the force's Facebook page, Mr Rutter apologised for lying to his loved ones about heading to Syria to fight.

"I think the YPG, they stand for the best opportunity for peace that this region might have", Rutter said in a video released by the force in which he explained why he had joined them.

He joined the YPG in March but is reported to have told his family he was volunteering for the French Foreign Legion. Apart from that I don't regret my decision and I hope that you respect it.

Mr Rutter, also known as Soro Zinar, said: "I lied to the people I care about to come here".

He said: "My reasons for joining the YPG are like everyone else's".

He said that after arriving in the Kurdish-controlled Rojava region of Syria, he had enrolled in an academy to learn basic soldiering skills and Kurdish language. "I joined the YPG to fight ISIS because of the terrorist attacks they were doing in Orlando, in San Bernardino, in Nice, in Paris".

He was killed alongside former Occupy demonstrator Robert Grodt, from Santa Cruz, California, when their foot patrol in Raqqa was ambushed last Wednesday.

Mr Rutter is believed to be the fourth British man to die fighting IS with the Kurds in Syria. "The people of Rojava will not forget his sacrifice".

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