Amer­i­can in Syria dies aid­ing Kurds

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

OR­LANDO, Fla. — A for­mer Ma­rine who se­cretly trav­eled to Syria to fight in the war against the Is­lamic State ex­trem­ist group was killed this month while fight­ing for a Kur­dish mili­tia group, his father said Tues­day.

David Tay­lor, 25, a for­mer Florida res­i­dent, had kept his plans a se­cret from his fam­ily un­til af­ter he ar­rived in Syria and be­gan train­ing with the Peo­ple’s Pro­tec­tion Units, Tay­lor’s father, David Tay­lor Sr., said Tues­day.

On July 16, a Kur­dish mili­tia group re­leased a video say­ing Tay­lor was “mar­tyred fight­ing ISIS’ bar­barism,” us­ing an acro­nym for the Is­lamic State.

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