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Here is how the UK is treating at least some of their YPG fighters ...
A former soldier has appeared in court charged with terrorism offences for allegedly plotting to join Kurdish militia fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Daniel Burke, 32, from Manchester, was remanded in custody at Westminster Magistrates' Court on two counts of preparing acts of terrorism.
He is accused of organising transport for a fellow British fighter to travel to Iraq via Spain.
Mr Burke is also charged with funding terrorism in an online account.
The former soldier, served in the Parachute Regiment between 2007 and 2009, was remanded to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on 17 January.
Mr Burke, of Amberwood Drive, is said to have spent around eight months fighting against so-called Islamic State with the Kurdish YPG between late 2017 and June 2018 before returning to the UK.
The first charge relates to allegedly organising transport for a fellow fighter while the second relates to making similar arrangements for himself to rejoin YPG.
The third charge alleges he supplied ex-comrades in the YPG with cash and equipment via online platforms such as PayPal.
The court heard that Mr Burke decided to return to Syria after US President Donald Trump's decision to pull US forces out of Syria and the subsequent invasion of Kurdish-held areas by Turkey.
A second man was also remanded in custody by the court accused of four counts of possession of a document likely to be useful to a terrorist relating to copies of al-Qaida propaganda magazine Inspire.
It is alleged the documents were found on a phone belonging to Italian-national Salim Yousouffi, 25, who had only been in the UK since September and was living at an address in Small Heath, Birmingham, with his wife ...