Briton travels to Syria to take up fight against extremists

From UK Express

By Tom Batchelor

Macer Gifford, who swapped a top job in the capital for the frontline in Syria, said he was inspired to join Kurdish militia after growing frustrated at Britain's response to the crisis.

Dozens of Britons have made the journey to fight against Islamic extremism in the Middle East.

But the number is dwarfed by the estimated 700 British jihadis who are also operating in the region.

The former public schoolboy, aged in his late 20s, said: "Like everyone else I was watching the rise of Islamic State, utterly horrified.

Macer Gifford is now fighting Islamic extremists in Syria.

Macer Gifford is now fighting Islamic extremists in Syria.

"I saw the images of the Yazidis stuck on mount Sinjar and the horrible images of Kobani overrun by ISIS thugs.

"I was even more horrified that the British and the American governments weren't doing much to help.

"They didn't have a coherent and coercive policy then, and they don't particularly have one now. So I decided to go out and join the YPG [Kurdish People's Protection Unit], and to fight myself."

Dozens of Britons have made the journey to fight against Islamic extremism in the Middle East

Mr Gifford, who was once a member of the Young Conservatives, blamed David Cameron for a "failure of leadership" which has allowed the Islamist network to expand.

He told RT: "What we've got here, it is not a religious war; it is actually a war against fascism. We've got an organisation in the Middle East that wants to roll back the clock.

"We've seen a failure of leadership - in America and in Britain - they haven't acted decisively and that's meant IS was able to grow to the extent that it has."

Mr Gifford, who told his parents he was travelling to Istanbul to start a new job before heading to the war zone, called on Western powers to start arming the YPG.

He continued: "The solutions to the rise of ISIS already exists.

"I've never been advocating sending troops on the ground.

"What I think we should do though is start supporting groups such as the YPG, which believes in secular values, in democracy - we should be supporting them with military arms, with political and economic aid - that is what is going to destroy ISIS.

"Refusing to talk about these issues by sweeping them under the carpet and wishing ISIS away - it is just not going to work."

His comments come as Syrian government troops finally broke a two-year ISIS siege of an air base in the north of the country.

Following more than a month of intense bombing by primarily Russian but also US-led coalition warplanes, military personnel were freed from the Kweires air base in Aleppo Province, in one of the first signs that the balance of power may be shifting in favour of President Bashar al-Assad.

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