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Former British solider facing jail in Turkey says he was in Syria as a medic

A former British soldier facing jail in Turkey for allegedly fighting with Kurdish forces against IS has told Sky News he worked as a combat medic, helping to treat injured civilians.

Former British soldier Joe Robinson was arrested while on holiday in Turkey last year for allegedly fighting alongside the People’s Protection Units of Syrian Kurdistan (YPG) in Syria.

Turkey is hostile to the YPG because of its links with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which is fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey.

But Mr Robinson, 25, told Sky News he “didn’t do any operations with the YPG”.

He said the Foreign Office “doesn’t seem very interested in my case” as he pleaded with the British government to “help me – do something.”

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