American member of YPG killed while fighting ISIS in Syria

Keith Broomfeild

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – An American citizen fighting in the ranks of the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) was reportedly killed Wednesday evening, during battles against the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the countryside of Kobane, northern Syria. 

YPG Media Office informed ARA News that the fighter Keith Broomfeild, an American national, fell on Wednesday evening in battles against IS terrorist group in Kobane countryside.

“Broomfeild, who entered Syria a few months ago, joined the ranks of the YPG forces and participated in many battles in several fronts against ISIS in Kobane countryside and Tel Abyad (Gire Spi) in Raqqa province, northeastern Syria,” a YPG fighter told ARA News. 

The source did not mention further details on how and where the American fighter lost his life. “But we immediately informed the family of our comrade Keith Broomfeild about his martyrdom.” 

“It was God’s will that he went to Syria,” his mother told NBC News. “I didn’t want him to go, but I couldn’t stop him.”

According to the CNN, Jennifer Broomfield, a woman who identified herself on Facebook as Keith Broomfield’s sister, shared an image of a text message conversation on the social medium, which she said were the “Last words I had with my brother.” 

“My unspoken prayers and tears for those in the Middle East were answered when he left to fight,” she wrote. “I didn’t think I would lose him.”

“I’m gonna do what I got to do,” he wrote. “Sometimes you got to be a man whether you want to or not. I don’t expect anyone to understand but I don’t need anyone to either.’

Twitter accounts and Facebook pages linked to Kurdish fighters were first to report his death, calling Broomfield a “martyr” and saying he was killed near Kobane.

In the meantime, a State Department official confirmed to NBC News that Broomfield, 36, was killed in Syria. The official did not provide further details, saying that the State Department was in touch with his family.

In Syria, hundreds of Western members of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) have formed what is known as “Lions of Rojava” (Lions of Syrian Kurdistan). They combat IS in several areas in Syria’s Kurdish region alongside the YPG and YPJ.


Reporting by: Jan Nasro and Egid Yousef

Source: ARA News

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