Blackburn activist becomes first British woman to join fight against Isis in Syria

A self-styled “revolutionary” from Blackburn is believed to have become the first British woman to travel to Syria to join the fight against Isis.

Kimberly Taylor, 27, left the UK to join the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), the all-female affiliate army of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) of Syrian Kurdistan, last March.

Known as Kimmie and also by the name Zilan Dilmar, she told the Guardian she had spent the past 11 months learning Kurdish and studying regional politics, weaponry and battlefield tactics at the YPJ’s dedicated military academy.

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