British volunteer fighter dies in Syria

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Image caption Oliver Hall had travelled to Syria in August to fight against alleged Islamic State

A 24-year-old Uk man has been killed in Syria, the BBC understands.

Oliver Hall, from the Portsmouth region, joined Kurdish armed groups in order to fight against so-called Islamic State.

Another British fighter referred to him as a “lovely lad” who had been “excited to be there”.

Kurdish sources say Mr Corridor was killed on 25 Nov while clearing mines in Raqqa. He is the seventh British guy to have been killed in Syria with the Kurdish-led group the YPG.

He had no before military training before travelling to the particular conflict in August.

Kurdish representatives in London said Mister Hall was killed while “clearing and dismantling mines”.

Kevin Benton, an ex-soldier and British offer who met Mr Hall within Syria, said: “He was therefore willing to learn, always asking queries and taking everything in. He or she wanted to stop Isis. ”

‘Sadly missed’

There have been a series of deaths recently – Mr Hall is the 4th British volunteer fighter killed within the Raqqa operation since July.

He travelled to Iraq then crossed the border directly into Syria, according to friends, where he went to the training academy of the Kurdish equipped units the YPG, known as the Individuals Protection Units.

Right after two weeks of military training Mister Hall joined a newly formed device within the YPG made up of international volunteers from Britain and the US.

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Image caption Oliver Hall is thought to be the particular seventh Briton working with the YPG to have been killed

“I spoke in order to him last week just to see how he or she was doing, he seemed delighted, ” Mr Benton said.

“He wasn’t the soldier before he came to Syria, but he was professional plus was really keen to learn. He was obviously a very popular guy, everyone liked him”

“He wanted to end up being at the front, and wanted to be correct where the action was, and he was not scared to go.

“He will be sadly missed. inch

The Kurdish-led YPG are part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces who have been fighting against Islamic State, assisted by airstrikes performed by the international coalition.

In October there were scenes associated with celebration among SDF fighters because the battle for the IS capital Raqqa came to an end.

Nevertheless , many bombs and explosive mama traps have been left around the town.

The YPG is not really a proscribed group in the UK, yet British authorities have warned that will anyone fighting abroad with equipped groups risks breaking counter-terror laws and regulations.

Authorities have released repeated statements aimed at deterring individuals from travelling to Syria.

Many British volunteers who may have spent time with Kurdish equipped groups in Syria have been imprisoned and investigated by police on the return to the UK.

The statement from the Kurdish Solidarity Advertising campaign in the UK said: “Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of Ollie Hall at this time.

“Ollie’s family have requested they are left alone by the media for the time being to be able to process this shocking plus tragic news. ”

The British Foreign office have not commented.