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British man killed while fighting against Islamic State in Syria

Luke Rutter from Birkenhead died in Syria in the city of Raqqa on July 5.

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

The People’s Protection Units (YPG) said 22-year-old Luke Rutter, from Birkenhead, had died in the city of Raqqa on July 5.

A video of a “final message” from Mr Rutter, 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 learnt 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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