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Briton Luke Rutter killed fighting IS in Syria

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A 24-year-old British man has been killed fighting against so-called Islamic State in Syria, Kurdish fighters have said.

Luke Rutter, from Birkenhead, Merseyside, was “martyred on July 6 2017, in a neighbourhood south of Raqqa”, a statement said.

The fighters said he was killed “during the big campaign to liberate Raqqa from the terrorism of IS”.

Mr Rutter’s family said they did not wish to comment.

The statement from the General Command of the Kurdish fighting forces, the YPG, said Mr Rutter arrived in Rojava, a Kurdish region in northern Syria, at the beginning of March 2017.

He was also known by the name “Soro Zinar”.

The statement said Mr Rutter had military training at the YPG academy in Rojava and that “despite lacking professional military background, he was among the best in training.”

The British Foreign Office advises people not to travel to Syria to fight.

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