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Syria death reported of ex-British marine fighting alongside Kurds

Syria death reported of ex-British marine fighting alongside Kurds

A former Royal Marine has become the first Briton to be killed while fighting alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State in Syria, a Kurdish militia has told the BBC.

The Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) named him as Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, from Barnsley.

A British pro-Kurdish activist said he had informed Mr Scurfield’s family of the death, at the request of the YPG.

The Foreign Office said it was “aware of reports” of a Briton dying in Syria.

The YPG said the “British volunteer martyr” died in an area west of the city of Qamishli on Monday.

A Kurdish commander said clashes against Islamic State (IS) in that area were continuing.

The BBC’s Guney Yildiz said the YPG had asked Mr Scurfield’s family if they could bury him in Syria “as a martyr”.

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