A man from Birkenhead has been killed fighting against Islamic State in Syria.
Luke Rutter, 22, from Birkenhead was reportedly killed last Wednesday 5th July as he fought with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
He is the fourth British person to have been killed fighting with the Kurds.
Mr Rutter who goes by the name of Soro Zinar is believed to have been killed along with six other fighters on foot patrol after coming into an attack in a suburb near the centre of Raqqa a town considered a stronghold of Islamic State.
Luke Rutter had travelled to Syria last April but had not told his parents of the trip.
YPG's British Martyr Luke Rutter (Soro Zinar)'s final message and photos.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.Sehid Namirin! Martyr's don't die!
Posted by YPG on Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Mr Rutter had joined the YPG in March after completing a manadatory month-long military training course learning Kurdish, tactics and weaponry.
A YPG statement said: “Comrade Soro travelled to Rojava in March and joined the YPG to fight the fascist and reactionary ISIS gangs in Raqqa.
“He was martyred on July 5 after battling bravely in the terrorist group’s so-called capital.
“The people of Rojava will not forget his sacrifice.
“From the very first day until the end of training, Soro gave the impression that he knew what he was doing and what he had come for, and he was always eager to learn new things.
“We never saw him yelling at anyone or complaining about anything.
“At the end of training in the academy, when asked the usual question addressed to every volunteer: ‘Are you ready to fight?’
“He firmly responded ‘Yes’ and said he wanted to fight the fascist organisation of IS.”
Are the YPG a terrorist organisation?
The YPG has not been designated as a terrorist group by the UK government. But the Home Office’s list of proscribed organisations does include two Kurdish groups.
The Home Office said each case is dealt with on an individual basis.
A spokesperson added: “The UK advises against all travel to Syria and parts of Iraq. Anyone who does travel to these areas, for whatever reason, is putting themselves in considerable danger.
“The best way to help the people of these countries is to donate to registered charities that have ongoing relief operations, not by taking part in a conflict overseas, which can be an offence under both criminal and terror laws.”