Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ex-Marine Killed Fighting Islamic State in Syria

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ex-Marine Killed Fighting Islamic State in Syria

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Orlando, Fla. * A former Marine believed so strongly in the war against the Islamic State group that he secretly traveled to Syria, where he was killed this month while fighting for a Kurdish militia group.

David Taylor, 25, a former Florida resident, had kept his plans to join the Kurdish group a secret from his family and told only a high school friend, who he swore to secrecy. Taylor's father said Tuesday that he didn't even know of his son's plans until after he had arrived in Syria last spring and was training with the group known as YPG.

"I got an email and he said, 'Pops, don't worry. I'm with the YPG,'" David Taylor Sr. told The Associated Press from his West Virginia home. "He said, 'I'm doing the right thing. It's for their freedom.'"

A Kurdish militia group released a video saying Taylor was "martyred fighting ISIS' barbarism" on July 16. …

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