German fighter in the YPG ranks, Kevin Joachim. File photo
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Qamishli, Syria – A young German fighter in the ranks of the Kurdish forces of People’s Protection Units (YPG) has been killed during clashes against Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in the province of Raqqa, northeastern Syria, the YPG’s Media Center reported on Tuesday.
“The 22-year-old German fighter Kevin Joachim (known as Dilsoz Buhar), lost his life on July 6, 2015, during clashes with IS jihadists in the village of Sharkarat near the town of Suluk in the IS-held Raqqa province,” the YPG’s Media Center added.
“Joachim has joined the ranks of the Kurdish YPG forces to fight IS militants, to fight for freedom,” a colleague of Jachim told ARA News.
The YPG’s Media Center released a video through social media, showing Joachim before his death, speaking about his fight in the ranks of the Kurdish forces in Syria.
In a fluent Kurdish, the German fighter identified himself as a Marxist, saying he was drawn to the Kurdish cause through the writings of Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey (PKK).
“Joachim was an idealist; he was deeply convinced that IS has to be defeated and that the Kurds need to have their own state,” the YPG leadership said in a statement. “He was not only well known for his Kurdish language knowledge but also for his courage and bravery in the battlefield.”
Joachim is the second German who has been killed while fighting in the ranks of the Kurdish YPG units against IS in Syria. About four months ago, German female fighter Ivana Hoffman, 19, was killed fighting with the YPG against IS in the village of Tel Temir near Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, a YPG commander told ARA News.
Reporting by: Egid Yousef, Ahmed Shiwesh
Source: ARA News