A British man who flew to Syria to earlier to fight ISIS was killed during an intense gun battle just before Christmas, pro-Kurdish media reported.
Ryan Lock, a 20-year-old from Chichester, died during an offensive by anti-Islamic State forces near the city of Raqqa in northern Syria on December 21.
Ryan Lock had no previous military background. He flew to Rojava to join the Kurdish People’s Defence Units (YPG) last August and had planned to spend 6 months there according to his family.
He told them that he was going to Turkey on holiday, but shortly after he published Facebook status where he admitted he was actually flying to Syria to join Kurdish People’s Defence Units in Rojava.
He wrote: ‘I’m on my way to Rojava. I lied about going to Turkey. I am sorry I didn’t tell anyone. I love all of you and I will be back in six months.’
During his time in Rojava, Lock usually posted various images showing him in camouflage gear armed with an assault rifle.
In a statement to the Guardian, Ryan Lock’s father, Jon, said: ‘Ryan was a very caring and loving boy who would do any thing to help anyone. He had a heart of gold. We ask for privacy to allow our family to grieve.’
The YPG also offered condolences to Lock’s family after his death on December 21.