Turkey jails ex British soldier for joining Kurds in Syria


Turkey has sentenced an ex-British soldier to eight years in prison for joining the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.

According to a report from the AFP News Agency, Joe Robinson, 25, was arrested by the Turkish security forces while he was on holiday inside of the country.

Robinson was accused of fighting with the YPG in Syria before he took a brief holiday in Turkey.

The British national reportedly aided the YPG in their fight against the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria.

The YPG is considered an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and an enemy of the Turkish state.