‘Amateurish’ Brit dad, 28, with no military experience ‘joined banned terror group to fight ISIS in Syria’

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AN “amateurish” Brit joined a banned terror group to fight IS, a court heard.

Dad of one Aidan James, 28, went to Iraq in 2017 for weapons and explosives training  for about a month before crossing the border to Syria, it was alleged.

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Aidan James went to Iraq in 2017 for weapons and explosives training before crossing the border to Syria, the Old Bailey heard[/caption]

James, of Formby, Merseyside, had “no prior military knowledge or experience”.

The Old Bailey heard he joined the PKK, or Kurdish Workers’ Party — deemed a terror group by the UK Government in 2000. He was charged after returning to the UK last February.

Prosecuting, Mark Heywood said: “He planned, trained and equipped himself here first in what you may find in due course to be in an amateurish way.”

He went on: “He went as an individual to Syria to fight . . . with guns and explosives. In doing so, he set out to advance a political and ideological cause.”


James, of Formby, Merseyside, had ‘no prior military knowledge or experience’ before joining the Kurdish Workers’ Party, the court heard

Mr Heywood told jurors: “The law says that what he wanted to do was terrorism, even if his eventual fighting was against other terrorists, others who had gone to Syria with their own cause to pursue.”

James denies terror offences.

The trial continues.

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