Monday, 6 December 2021

British chef Ryan dies while fighting against Isis in Syria

RAQQA: A British man has been killed while fighting against the Islamic State group in Syria, according to reports. Ryan Lock, 20, is reported to have died during an offensive by anti-IS forces to retake the city of Raqqa. The former chef, from Chichester, West Sussex, had no previous military experience and had joined Kurdish militia after telling his family he was going on holiday to Turkey in August. Kurdish military force the People’s Protection Units (YPG) reportedly told Mr Lock’s family that he was killed along with four other fighters on 21 December. His father, Jon, told the Guardian that his son was a “very caring and loving boy who would do anything to help anyone”. The YPG said he had “crossed continents for the destiny of our people and humanity”. Images posted on Facebook in October and November showed Mr Lock wearing military gear and carrying an AK-47 assault rifle. Mark Campbell, who was with a group of Kurdish activists who visited Mr Lock’s family, said their main concern was that his remains are returned to the UK. “We hope the UK Government will also use all their diplomatic powers to give practical assistance to the family to help bring Ryan’s remains home for burial,” A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “The UK has advised for some time against all travel to Syria. “As all UK consular services there are suspended, it is extremely difficult to confirm the status and whereabouts of British nationals in Syria. “Anyone who does travel to these areas, for whatever reason, is putting themselves in considerable danger.”

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