The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (PYD) militia, the Syrian arm of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militia, said that three foreigners had died fighting alongside the group.
The Kurdish units said in a statement that Spain-born fighter Francois Jean Le Clainche, 41, and Samuel Prada Leon, 25, had been killed in fighting on the Janderees front on Feb. 10. The Dutch national Sjoerd Heeger, 25, had been killed in fighting in Deir-ez-Zor province on Feb. 12. The Turkish Anadolu Agency said that reports showed the Dutch fighter was killed during fighting near the Iraqi border in eastern Syria in fighting with the Assad regime and Iranian militias.
Janderees is in the Afrin area near the Turkish border and fighting is currently ongoing there in an attempt by Turkish forces and the Free Syrian Army to advance.
The statement noted that the fighters joined Kurdish ranks in the summer of 2017.
The PYD/PKK terror groups have received foreign fighters from across the world, particularly the United States and Europe.
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