British ex-trader who fought Isil describes escape from Syria

A British man who has spent the past five months in Syria fighting against Islamic State has told of his dramatic flight across the border to Iraq, as he finally made his way home.

Macer Gifford, a 28-year-old former Conservative councillor from Oxford, arrived back in London on Wednesday. Frustrated by the seemingly unstoppable march of the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (Isil), he left behind a promising career as a foreign currency trader and joined the Kurdish YPG fighters – despite having no military training, speaking no Middle Eastern languages, and being a self-declared atheist.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Sumfing smells.

    • Frau Katze

      The peshmerga aren’t really rivals of the Syrian Kurds, from what I’ve read. Some peshmerga came to help at Kobani. They belong to separate organizations but I hadn’t heard of any open fighting.

      I’m surprised that he would have to worry about avoiding them. Surely he would have picked some of the language.