Henning’s death was ‘final straw,’ say UK ex-soldiers fighting ISIS

James Hughes (L) and Jamie Read (R) have joined a band of foreigners in the fight against ISIS. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Two former British soldiers currently fighting against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have revealed that the killing of UK aid worker Alan Henning was “the final straw” that compelled them to join the battle in Syria, The Sun reported on Friday.

“Killing the aid worker was the final straw,” one of the soldiers, Jamie Read, told the tabloid.

Henning, a British former taxi driver who traveled to Syria to aid refugees, was executed by a masked ISIS militant – known by media outlets as “Jihadi John” – in a video released online in October, following a similar series released by the group.

“There is no justification for their executions – for putting innocent guys on their knees and doing that,” Read said.

“My family were nervous and obviously worried about my well-being – we have gone into an unknown world. But I’m a firm believer that if you want to do something you have to do it and not just talk about it,” he added.

Read, 24, along with and James Hughes, 26, are currently fighting alongside Kurdish Peshmerga forces to defend the beleaguered Syrian border town of Kobane from ISIS.

“I wanted to help. The situation in England is getting bad in terms of the support ISIS get,” Hughes, who reportedly served in Afghanistan three times, said.

“The world needs to open its eyes to the threat they pose.”

The duo made international headlines last month when it was first revealed they had traveled to war-ton Syria to join a band of foreign fighters assisting in the battle against ISIS, which now holds about a third of Syria and a third of Iraq.

The pair are just two among an estimated 500 British citizens who have joined the Syrian frontline, forming a band of foreign fighters known as the “Lions of Rojava.”

Rojava, also known as the Syrian Kurdistan, is de facto autonomous region in northern Syria.

The Lions of Rojava’s Facebook page calls on foreigners to join the fight against the militants.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44
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