Britons volunteering with Syrian-Kurdish militia head to battle with Turkey

Britons are among tens of foreign volunteers heading to the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria to defend it from Turkish forces, but have been warned they are doing so without international support.

Huang Lei, 24, from Manchester and two others from the UK left for Afrin with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia on Tuesday, raising the prospect a Nato member army could open fire on British citizens.

For the past four days, Turkish troops and allied Free Syrian Army rebel groups have been battling their way into the canton, which sits along the Turkey-Syria border, but have met with fierce resistance from the YPG militia that controls the area.