U.S. bids farewell to fighter killed in Syria

Keith Broomfeild

ARA News, AP  

Funeral arrangements for a Massachusetts man killed in Syria while fighting the Islamic State group.     

Keith Broomfield, who had no military training, is believed to be the first U.S. citizen to die fighting alongside Kurdish forces against ISIS.     

An obituary says Broomfield, 36, of Westminster, will be buried Wednesday at a private ceremony following a morning funeral at Grace Baptist Church in Hudson.

A wake will be held Tuesday at the church from 4 to 7 p.m.

Broomfield, a plant manager at his family’s Bolton-based business, Broomfield Labs Inc., died June 3. His body arrived in Boston Saturday and was brought to Tighe Hamilton Funeral Home in Hudson.

The obituary says he died “in defense of those being persecuted for their Christian faith.”

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.” 

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