File photo from 25 February 2015 of fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG)
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Former British Marine 'killed fighting Islamic State in Syria'

A former Royal Marine has become the first Briton to be killed while fighting alongside Kurdish forces against Islamic State in Syria, the Kurdish militia has told the BBC.

The Kurdish People's Protection Units named him as Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, from Barnsley.

The Foreign Office said they were "aware of reports" about the death of a British man in Syria.

Frank Gardner reports.

  • 03 Mar 2015
  • From the section UK