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US News British Army reject who fought against IS guilty of terror charge

04:25  25 october  2019
04:25  25 october  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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A British Army reject who trained to fight against Islamic State has been found guilty of terror offences, in the first conviction of its kind in the country. Image: An image posted to Facebook by Aidan James in August 2017 of himself holding airplane tickets. He was cleared of a second charge

A British man who trained to fight with Kurdish units against Islamic State has been found guilty of a terrorism offence in a retrial at the Old Bailey. But he was cleared of a second charge of attending a place of terror training with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.

a man holding a fish: Aidan James was convicted © PA Aidan James was convicted A British Army reject who trained to fight against Islamic State has been found guilty of terror offences, in the first conviction of its kind in the country.

Aidan James, 28, was found guilty of training in weapons with the banned group the PKK in Iraq following an Old Bailey retrial.

It is the first time a Briton has been put on trial for going to Syria to oppose Islamic State.

James, from Formby in Merseyside, had no previous military knowledge when he allegedly set out to join the conflict in August 2017, and was repeatedly turned down by British armed forces due to his mental health.

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a man taking a selfie: An image posted to Facebook by Aidan James in August 2017 of himself holding airplane tickets © PA An image posted to Facebook by Aidan James in August 2017 of himself holding airplane tickets

He was cleared of a second charge of attending a place of terror training with Kurdish YPG units, otherwise known as People's Protection Units, in Syria.

The court heard how James was in contact with the anti-terror Prevent programme before he fled to Iraq in August 2017.

The father-of-one reportedly said he wanted to help the "PKK YPG" in their battle against Isis.

Aidan James spoke publicly about fighting in Syria © N/A Aidan James spoke publicly about fighting in Syria He was arrested shortly after on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts by police after broadcasting his intentions on Facebook.

In his interview, James claimed he was going to Syria to help with "humanitarian aid", dismissing the suggestion he was going for terrorism as "ridiculous".

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The first British man to be tried for terrorism offences for fighting with a Kurdish militia against the He was cleared of a second charge of attending a place of terror training with Kurdish YPG units - or James, from Formby, Merseyside, had been repeatedly rejected from the Britsh Army due to

A former British Army soldier who was charged with terror offences after fighting against Isis in Syria has attacked authorities’ “incoherent” approach to volunteers who Jim Matthews was charged with a terror offence but six months later, prosecutors presented no evidence against him in court

He said: "Nothing will stop me going, even if you take my passport off me I will still find a way to go."

a screenshot of a cell phone: A Facebook post by James announcing his intention to go to Syria to fight against Islamic State © PA A Facebook post by James announcing his intention to go to Syria to fight against Islamic State

"I cannot sit at home and watch people getting f****** butchered because it's another country."

James also told the court how he was turned down by the Army, RAF, Navy and Territorial Army due to his mental health.

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He said he postponed his plans, setting off for Iraq in August after his bail was cancelled and passport returned.

James wrote in his diary that sitting on a roof with a 50 calibre machine gun was something out of "Mad Max".

In December 2017, he wrote: "The situation with Turkey continues to worsen... the war is long from over but I am playing my part in this war and feel good to be a part of history and with the revolutionary force of YPG.

James is captured by CCTV going through security gates at Manchester airport © Getty James is captured by CCTV going through security gates at Manchester airport

"Daesh (IS) is the biggest threat the world has seen since Hitler so anything I can do in these operations is good."

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In another handwritten entry, James said he was "waiting for Daesh to give me the opertunity (sic) to fire".

He described his group's "quest to vanquish Daesh from this place and send the rechid (sic) souls straight to hell".

James also wrote that he got "a kill" that day and was "very happy to get rid of another rat".

James allegedly uploaded a Facebook profile picture on Christmas Eve referring to a region in Syria.

It said: "Merry Christmas friends and family back home in the UK. Lots of love from us here in Rojava xxxx".

A police negotiator contacted James over email promising to support him and discuss his return to Liverpool, the court heard.

As he prepared to travel back to the UK, James allegedly wrote about killing IS soldiers, being shot at, and said he "chilled with a donkey".

James returned to Liverpool John Lennon airport on 14 February last year on flights via Baghdad, Amman and Amsterdam.

He declined to give evidence and denied training with PKK terrorists in Mahkmour, Iraq, on or before 1 October 2017.

He also denied attending another place for training in Syria with YPG units in early November 2017.

James was remanded into custody to be sentenced on 7 November.

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