Kurdish Militia Says It Will Hand Body Of American Killed In Syria To Family

Posted: June 11, 2015 in Culture

A volunteer fighter has become the first American to be killed while serving with the Kurdish YPG in Syria.

Keith Broomfield, 36, originally from the town of Westminster near Boston, Massachusetts, joined the volunteer fighting group on February 24 and died on June 3 in a battle in the village of Qentere.

He died near the border town of Kobani, said Nasser Haji, an official with the YPG.

State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke confirmed Bloomfield’s death, but declined to provide any details about the circumstances. He said the US was providing consular assistance to his family.

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