Vastavam web: A British woman who had joined a Kurdish militia to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group has been killed in war-torn Syria, according to her father.Anna Campbell, a 26-year-old plumber from the town of Lewes in East Sussex, died on March 15 in Syria’s Afrin city while with the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units the YPJ.”She wanted to create a better world and she would do everything in her power to do that,” he said, describing his daughter as fiercely determined and idealistic.
“I feel I should have done more to persuade her to come back, but she was completely adamant,” he added.The YPJ is an all-female brigade of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which has around 50,000 Kurdish men and women fighting against the terrorist network in northern Syria. The group has been defending the Kurdish-majority city of Afrin from Turkish forces backed by Syrian rebels after they launched an offensive in mid-January.
Turkey considers YPG as a terrorist group, an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which has led an insurgency in Turkey for decades.According to the BBC, Campbell had originally been involved in the fighting with the YPJ in Deir ez-Zor, where ISIS have continued to hold the last of their territory. But in January, Turkish forces began a major offensive against the Kurds along the northern Syrian border.
Many Kurdish fighters left the fight against ISIS to defend Afrin and some British volunteers are known to have joined them. Dirk Campbell said he understands his daughter’s Kurdish comrades tried to stop her from heading.In a statement, she added, “Campbell’s martyrdom is a great loss to us because with her international soul, her revolutionary spirit, which demonstrated the power of women, she expressed her will in all her actions.
“On behalf of the Women’s Defence Units of YPJ, we express our deepest condolences to (her) family and we promise to follow the path she took up. We will represent her in the entirety of our struggles,” she said.