European Foreign Fighters and Kurds Prepare to Fight Turkish Invasion Forces in Syria

British and American volunteers prepare to battle Turkish military in Syria, saying it is their 'duty' to fight alongside Kurds after helping their struggle against ISIS

Manchester student, 24, among 20 foreign volunteers preparing to fight for YPG

Americans, German and French fighters also set to fight Turkish military, he said

YPG is battling an offensive by Turkish-led forces in Kurdish-held Afrin in Syria

Group was a key ally of US against ISIS but is seen by Turkey as a terror group


PUBLISHED: 10:37 GMT, 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:00 GMT, 24 January 2018

British and American volunteers are preparing to battle Turkish military in Syria, claiming it is their 'duty' to fight alongside Kurds after helping their struggle against ISIS.

A 24-year-old British-Chinese fighter from Manchester, named as Huang Lei, is among foreigners who have joined the YPG Kurdish militia and says two other Britons are with him in the group.

The YPG is seen by Turkey as a terrorist group but was a key US ally against ISIS and played a major role in driving the extremists from much of northern and eastern Syria.

Turkish-led forces launched an offensive on the Kurdish-held enclave of Afrin on Saturday but have met with fierce resistance from the militia that controls the area.

The YPG has now released a clip showing international volunteers - including one with an American accent - who fought alongside them against ISIS when the terror group held huge swathes of territory in northern Syria.

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