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  • 20 August 2014, 9:06

British Kurds Ready To Join Fight Against IS

Kurdish people living in Britain have told Sky News they are willing to travel to Iraq and join the fight against Islamic State forces.

Bawan Ahmed has lived in Britian for much of his life and goes to school in Liverpool.

The 16-year-old says images of IS militants' brutality have made him so angry that he wants to travel back to his homeland when he turns 18.

"I would fight if it means I die and and save my country, I would go and fight," he said.

"It just angers me to think 'why would they just march into our country and think we would we bow down to their black flag?' But we won't."

He meets other members of the Kurdish community in a cafe in Liverpool. At the same table, 24-year-old Nasr Abdullah shows a photograph of his older brother and describes how he was killed by IS fighters two months ago.

"I'm ready to go now to fight against them," he said.

Tariq Hassan, 47, knows what it is like on the front line. He returned from Iraq last week. He had been visiting family, but the former soldier decided to join the peshmerga forces.

He describes seeing the IS fighters advancing.

"We just try to defend ourselves against the terrorist group.

"They are fighting against humanity and killing men, women and children."

Most of the men and women in the cafe say they would welcome more British involvement.

Fazil Mustafa, who organised a recent rally in Manchester, said the Kurdish people understand the reluctance of Western Governments to send troops into Iraq again.

"As Kurds, we are extremely grateful for the soldiers who fought against the previous regime.

"I know many people lost their lives. We are really grateful for the Americans, for the British, for other coalition groups who went to Iraq against the regime and brought freedom and democracy, especially for the Kurds.

"But the job, the business, is unfinished. A lot more has to be done now."

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