Brit, 22, killed fight­ing IS gangs

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A BRI­TISH man has died while fight­ing against the Is­lamic State in Syria, says a Kur­dish mil­i­tary force.

The Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units (YPG) said Luke Rut­ter, from Birken­head, died in the city of Raqqa on July 5.

A video of a “fi­nal mes­sage” from the 22-year-old, also known as Soro Zi­nar, was posted on the force’s Face­book page.

In the video, Mr Rut­ter apol­o­gised for ly­ing to his loved ones about go­ing to fight.

He said: “I lied to peo­ple I care about to come here. I said that I was go­ing some­where else, I didn’t.

“I apol­o­gise mas­sively for that.

“Apart from that I don’t re­gret my de­ci­sion and I hope that you re­spect it.”

He said he had learned ba­sic sol­dier­ing skills and the Kur­dish lan­guage at the YPG acad­emy.

He added: “My rea­sons for join­ing the YPG I think are like every­one else’s.

“I think the YPG, they stand for the best op­por­tu­nity for peace that this re­gion might have.”

A state­ment on the YPG’s Face­book page said: “Com­rade Soro trav­elled to Ro­java in March and joined the YPG to fight the fas­cist and re­ac­tionary Daesh (ISIS) gangs in Raqqa.

“He was mar­tyred on 5 July 2017 af­ter bat­tling bravely in the ter­ror­ist group’s so-called cap­i­tal.

“The peo­ple of Ro­java will not for­get his sac­ri­fice.”

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