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Thursday 28th
posted by Steve Sweeney in Britain

TRIBUTES poured in yesterday for a British journalist killed by the Isis death cult in Syria.

Mehmet Aksoy was shot dead alongside a Kurdish journalist on Tuesday after the extremists overcame soldiers guarding their compound.

He had travelled to Syria in June to document the Kurdishled People’s Protection Units (YPG) fight against the jihadists in the battle for Raqqa.

Mr Aksoy was a well-known fighter for Kurdish rights, who grew up in Britain after his family left Turkey.

He adopted the nom-deguerre Firaz Dag in honour of his uncle, who was killed in the 1990s while fighting with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

A late-night vigil was held for Mr Aksoy at the Halkevi Kurdish Community Centre in north London on Tuesday night. Thousands are expected to pay their respects over the coming days.

Cambridge University academic, and friend of Mr Aksoy, Dilar Direk said: “Your beauty, your life will always show us the right way.

“You have become a part of the story whose end has never come. You are a militant of a free and revolutionary Kurdistan.”

And Chris Scurfield — whose son Kosta was killed fighting Isis in 2015 — said it was “a day when nothing makes any sense.

“We will remember you, one of the kindest and most committed men I have met.”

Community centre DayMer spokesman Oktay Sahbaz described Mr Aksoy as “a friend, comrade and a passionate soul for his people. “

Mehmet dedicated his youth, love and more importantly his life to his people. A revolutionary in its true sense. I will, and your people will miss you deeply. You will not be forgotten.”

In a statement the Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign said that the Kurdish community across the world has lost a great comrade and friend.

The group said Mr Aksoy’s ideological commitment and desire to witness the “revolution in Rojava” — the Kurds’ socialist enclave in northern Syria — was “unstoppable: it was his calling.

“Just last Friday, Mehmet produced a video for us depicting the first commune elections in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria.

“He was so excited to witness this historic event and show it to the world, and so optimistic about what it meant for the future.

“For so many people this loss is incalculable. He was a close friend to so many and was universally loved.

“Mehmet, you have joined the ranks of the immortal through your martyrdom. For you we will rededicate ourselves to the cause of Kurdish freedom twice, thrice, four times over.

“Let your life be an example to us all. Sehid namirin (martyrs never die).”