CAIRO: A British woman who moved to Syria to fight alongside an all-female Kurdish armed unit has been murdered in the war-torn country, her father has stated. Anna Campbell continuously traveled to Syria to fight opposite to Daesh with the US-backed Kurdish Women’s Protection Units, the YPJ. It is understood that the 26-year-old from Lewes in East Sussex, took the last breath on March 15 in Afrin, which has been under bombardment by Turkish forces.
Her father, Dirk Campbell, reported her death to the BBC. He mentioned that his daughter was “very idealistic” and “determined” and “would go to any lengths to create the world that she believed in.”
He also stated that, “I told her of course that she was putting her life in danger, which she knew full well she was doing. I feel I should have done more to persuade her to come back, but she was completely adamant.” Campbell had originally been indulged in fighting with the YPJ in Deir ez-Zor, but later fought opposite to Turkey after the country’s great offensive into Kurdish-held territory in January, along the northern Syrian border. Many Kurdish fighters quit the fight against Daesh to protect Afrin and the BBC states that some British volunteers are seen to have joined them. Campbell had even colored her hair black before moving to Afrin.
Her father said, “With fair hair and blue eyes, they knew she would stand out, but she dyed her hair black and persuaded them to let her go.” In a statement to The Guardian, Nesrin Abdullah, YPJ commander and spokeswoman, said Campbell’s death was a “great loss.” She mentioned to the paper that, “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.”
Anna Campbell colored her hair black so that she will be able to travel to Afrin to fight the Turksaption
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