Ex-sol­dier faces ter­ror site case

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A BRITISH ex-sol­dier has ap­peared in court charged with at­tend­ing a place used for ter­ror­ist train­ing.

It is al­leged that on or be­fore Fe­bru­ary 15, 2016, James Matthews at­tended a place or places in Iraq and Syria where in­struc­tion or train­ing was pro­vided for pur­poses con­nected to the com­mis­sion or prepa­ra­tion of ter­ror­ism.

The camps are thought to have been run by Kur­dish mili­tia.

The 43-year-old ap­peared at West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day and in­di­cated a not-guilty plea.

Matthews, from Dal­ston, east Lon­don, is due to next ap­pear at the Old Bai­ley on March 1.

As he ar­rived at court he warmly greeted sup­port­ers.

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