First Egyptian member of YPG killed in fight against ISIS in Syria

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Image released by the YPG Media Centre showing Badin al-Imam, also known as Firaz Kardo, who was killed in clashes with ISIS in northern Syria

ARA News

KOBANE Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced Sunday the death of an Egyptian volunteer who had joined its ranks in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group in northern Syria.

Badin al-Imam, also known as Firaz Kardo, was killed in clashes with ISIS near the jihadi border pocket of Manbij in northern Syria. 

Al-Imam, who left Egypt months ago to fight ISIS in Syria, had joined the YPG ranks upon his arrival and fought alongside other members of the western-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against ISIS.

He was the first Egyptian to be killed in the fight against ISIS as part of YPG. 

“Today we bid farewell to another hero who died while fighting the barbaric ISIS group. Kardo [Badin al-Imam] was one of those brave fighters of the YPG and SDF. He sacrificed his life for the sake of freedom and humanity,” a YPG spokesman told ARA News in Manbij.

This comes just few days after the YPG leadership announced the death of two foreign fighters, a British and a Slovenian, who have been engaged in recent clashes with militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria’s border city of Manbij. The British volunteer Dean Carl Evans [nicknamed Gîvara Rojava] and Slovenian volunteer Martin Gruen [nicknamed Rodî Çekdar] were reported dead while fighting as part of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against ISIS in Manbij.  

Speaking to ARA News, Kurdish leader Salih Muslim said that foreign volunteers join the YPG forces to protect humanitarian values, and to fight ISIS extremists, “who are a danger to all humanity,” he said.

“The Kurds are very happy with these foreign fighters. They do not feel alone, in the past the Kurds only had mountains, but now we have Americans, British, French and Germans, and many of them were martyred,” he added. 

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo

Source: ARA News

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