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Fighting ISIS: Northampton man returns to Syria frontline

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A former warehouse manager from Northampton is getting ready to fly out to Syria for a third time to join Kurdish rebels in their fight against Isis.

Steve Kerr served in the British Army for six years and says he wants to do something positive with his life.

Steve says he wants to do something positive with his life.

He has given up his job as a warehouse manager and his Northampton home to join Kurdish rebels on the frontline.

I saw some of the reports on TV. A lot of it on social media, some of the atrocities. And with my military background, I thought maybe I would be able to go out and help.

– STEVE KERR
Steve has fought with the Kurdish YPG on the frontline against Isis.

Six years experience in the British army has already served Steve well on two tours of Syria.

He has fought with the Kurdish YPG on the frontline against Isis. He will not say whether he has had to kill anyone but says he has seen plenty of battles.

You will hear a shout. A suicide vehicle coming towards you. And then YPG open up with everything they have got. It is different having people shooting at you. The adrenalin is pumping round three times faster than normal and a lot of the time you feel you are invincible.

– STEVE KERR

Steve's first tour was cut short when he was wounded in a mortar attack. At least three British fighters have been killed fighting alongside the Kurds.

Many of Steve's fellow fighters have been killed. Something, Steve says is always in the back of his mind.

Steve's first tour was cut short when he was wounded in a mortar attack.

Anyone who says they are not scared is an idiot. Yeah you get scared. I have been on top of a hill when Isis have attacked and there's bullets whizzing everywhere. It gets very scary but you just have to put it to the back of your mind and get on with the job.

– STEVE KERR

The British Government says anyone travelling to Syria is putting their life in danger and if they take part in conflict, they could face prosecution when they return to the UK. The final decision on that would be decided by the police and the CPS.

The UK has advised for some time against all travel to Syria. Anyone who does travel to these areas, for whatever reason, is putting themselves in considerable danger.

– Government spokesperson

Further lines from the Government:

  • The best way to help the people of Syria is to donate to registered charities that have ongoing relief operations.
  • Those who travel abroad in order to participate in conflicts could face prosecution when they return to the UK. There are many crimes that may be committed abroad which courts in the UK can prosecute.
  • Whether an individual is arrested or prosecuted for a terrorism offence will always depend on the facts and circumstances of the case and is an operational decision for the police and Crown Prosecution Service.

Some of Steve's friends think he is mad. He said: "Most of think I am crazy. I think doing something positive with your life - I mean I am getting on. Mark something else off me bucket list and then just get on with it."

Steve says this will be his last trip to Syria and what he hopes will be the final fight for Raqqa, alongside his friends.