Why was soldier who fought IS charged with terror offence?


A former soldier who joined Kurdish forces to fight Islamic State walked free from court after his lawyer slammed the ‘extraordinary’ decision to charge him in the first place. James Matthews, 43, was accused of joining the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in 2015, serving three tours with the Kurdish militia group, specialising in clearing mines and booby-traps. The YPG is linked to the PKK separatist group which is proscribed in the UK. The case was believed to be the first…

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