Ex-British Army soldier who travelled to Syria to fight ISIS has terrorism charges DROPPED

A BRIT soldier who went to Syria to fight ISIS has had terrorism charges against him dropped at the Old Bailey today.

Daniel Burke, 32, was accused of having links with Kurdish YPG fighters and terror group PKK.

He was also accused of preparing for terrorist acts and financing terrorism.

Released Burke told The Sun: ”I’m really looking forward to a Domino’s Pizza.”

Burke spent around eight months fighting against ISIS with the Kurdish YPG between late 2017 and June 2018 before returning to the UK.

He was investigated by counter-terrorism officers upon his return to the country but no further action was taken against him.

Burke, of Baguley in Wythenshawe, Manchester, was rearrested on December 7 this year in Dover, Kent, by West Midlands Police.

Upon his arrest, he told police: “I’m not a terrorist, you know I’m not a terrorist. I’ve done nothing but fight for this country. This is a f****** joke.”

Today a pro-Kurdish Twitter page revealed: “Daniel Burke, he helped the Kurds defeat Daesh/ISIS, then the UK threw him in prison in the UK, alongside ISIS terrorists for 7 months. Today they decided there is ‘no case to answer’, just out of the blue.”

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in December charged with two counts of preparing for acts of terrorism.

He was also accused of preparing for terrorist acts and financing terrorism.

The first charge related to allegedly organising transport for a fellow Brit fighter to travel to Iraq via Spain to rejoin YPG forces, while the second relates to making similar arrangements for himself.

The third charge was linked to allegations that he supplied former comrades in the YPG with cash and equipment via platforms such as PayPal.

The court heard Burke was moved to return to Syria following President Donald Trump’s decision to pull US forces out of Syria and the subsequent invasion of Kurdish-held areas by Turkey.

Burke served in the Parachute Regiment between 2007 and 2009.

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