April 19, 2018

Australia anti-IS fighter held in Germany

An Australian man who has been fighting against the so-called Islamic State group (IS) says he has been detained in Germany on terror charges.

Ashley Dyball, 23, had been travelling through Europe on a break from fighting with the YPG Kurdish militia in Syria.

On Facebook, where he uses the name Mitchell Scott, he said he could be deported to Australia to face charges.

It is a crime under Australian law to assist militant groups in the Middle East.

A spokeswoman for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs said the agency was providing consular assistance to an Australian detained in Germany.
“Due to privacy constraints we will not comment further,” the spokeswoman said.

Mr Dyball’s lawyer, Jessie Smith, confirmed to the BBC on Thursday that he had been detained but gave no further details.

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