Turkey is attacking Britons who helped fight ISIS in Iraq

Turkey is attacking Britons who helped fight ISIS in Iraq

A former British Army soldier who fought the Islamic State in Syria has been sentenced to almost eight years in prison in Turkey.

Joe Robinson, 25, was arrested last year during his holiday in Turkey and accused by authorities of belonging to a Kurdish terrorist group.

Robinson insists that he has only fought ISIS with the Yugoslav Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and that he has never been involved in any Kurdish terrorist groups that have carried out attacks in Turkey.

Robinson is said to have fought ISIS in 2015 after joining international military efforts against the jihadists after an IS fighter murdered 39 British tourists in a Tunisian resort earlier this year.

Former British soldier Joe Robinson, 25, was arrested while vacationing in the Turkish seaside resort of Didim with his partner Mira Rojkan

Former British soldier Joe Robinson, 25, was arrested while vacationing in the Turkish seaside resort of Didim with his partner Mira Rojkan

Former British soldier Joe Robinson, 25, was arrested while vacationing in the Turkish seaside resort of Didim with his partner Mira Rojkan

The former squaddie, originally from Accrington, Lancashire, fought the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2012 with his local unit, the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.

Last night, his horrified mother Sharon Robinson said she would do anything to bring her son home. She wants British politicians to convince the Turkish government to allow him to be imprisoned in the UK, not Turkey.

She said, "I have the impression that the British Government may demand that he be extradited to the United Kingdom, which would be a great relief, especially as he did not commit a crime under British law."

Mr. Robinson of Accrington, Lancashire, was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison. However, he is reported to be on bail while planning an appeal

Mr. Robinson of Accrington, Lancashire, was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison. However, he is reported to be on bail while planning an appeal

Mr. Robinson of Accrington, Lancashire, was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison. However, he is reported to be on bail while planning an appeal

Robinson had previously fought Kurdish YPG militia against ISIS in Syria

Robinson had previously fought Kurdish YPG militia against ISIS in Syria

Robinson had previously fought Kurdish YPG militia against ISIS in Syria

While the UK does not consider the YPG as a terrorist organization, the Turkish authorities are convinced that the group is closely linked to more radical Kurdish groups such as the Kurdistan Workers' Party. Court documents from Friday's trial show that Robinson was convicted of membership in the PKK, an assertion he and his family vigorously deny.

Robinson was originally arrested along with his fiancée Mira Rojkan, a Bulgarian citizen living in Leeds. She was accused of carrying out terrorist propaganda, but was sentenced to probation and allowed to leave Turkey.

Last night she criticized the role of the British government in this case. She told the BBC: "Unfortunately for Joe, there was very little help from the Foreign Office, they did not send any representatives and did not help nearly as much as the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, his punishment is unjustifiable and is based on a political agenda.

He was shocked by the news. He is broken, he is tired and he wants to come home as soon as possible.

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