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Ryan Lock shot himself dead while fighting ISIL to avoid being captured

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A YOUNG British citizen who died fighting ISIL shot himself dead to avoid falling into the hands of the militants, an inquest heard. A coroner said Ryan Lock, 20, from Chichester, West Sussex, died a hero last December fighting with the Kurdish forces in the Syrian city of Raqqa, considered to be the terror group’s de facto capital.

Former chef Ryan, who had no previous military experience, joined the Kurdish militia after telling his family he was going backpacking to Turkey in August last year. An inquest in Portsmouth, Hampshire, heard that after being wounded and surrounded by ISIL fighters, he turned his gun on himself to avoid being captured and suffering a “frightening and painful death”.

Recording a narrative verdict, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire coroner David Horsley said Ryan had sustained a leg wound that left him at risk of falling into the hands of a “cruel and ruthless” enemy. Horsley said: “He was not prepared to let that happen and used his own weapon to avoid capture. That can only be viewed as a brave action.”

The coroner described Ryan as a “heroic young man” and added: “He died doing something he quite clearly believed passionately in.”

In the months before he died, Ryan had kept in touch with his family from Syria via Facebook Messenger, sending them pictures and updates on his military training. But after losing contact with him, in December 2016 Ryan’s father Jon Plater found images online of his son with an IS fighter standing over his body, and his death was later confirmed, the inquest heard.

Pathologist Dr. Purdue said Ryan’s cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head.

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Syrian Army poised to kick ISIL out of Hama

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Sweeping across the outskirts of the Syrian city of Salаmiyah, Syrian government forces are now poised to move against the last Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) foothold in Hama province.

Syrian army units aided by Qalamoun Shield Forces have managed to seize control of strategic elevated positions on the eastern outskirts of Salаmiyah and are now ready to advance on the town of Uqayribat – the last Daesh stronghold in Hama province.

A source in the Syrian military told Sputnik Arabic that “Syrian army and allied forces managed to secure elevated positions near the village of Salba. These positions allow the army to advance on Uqayribat and to shell Daesh militants entrenched in Salba.”

The source also said that this military operation was further complicated by the fact that the militants used tunnels and rocky terrain features in an attempt to halt the advance of the government forces.

Having secured the road leading to Salamiyah and Raqqa, the Syrian army is now getting ready to deal yet another blow to Daesh forces by liberating Uqayribat.

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Jack Holmes – the British sniper fighting ISIL

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Jack Holmes, who traveled to Syria to fight with the Kurdish YPG group against Islamic State, speaks to Sky News almost a year on from when he left his job as an IT worker to become a sniper.

Jack Holmes, 23, an IT worker from Bournemouth with no military training, already have spent almost a two years with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, the militia whose actions in north-eastern Syria have been supported by US-led coalition air strikes.

Jack was injured, hit on the upper right arm by a sniper during a ferocious gun battle with ISIS near the town of Tel Tamer.

Like many Western volunteers, they joined the YPG through social media and flew to Iraq, where they were taken to a ‘safe house’ for a few days before being smuggled across the border to Syria. ‘The training only lasted a few days and didn’t go much beyond learning to strip a Kalashnikov blindfolded,’ said Jack.

Today, take a look how he sees his efforts in Syria and overall conflict from his perspective.

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