The former Australian soldier killed fighting with Kurdish forces against Islamic State has been identified on social media as 28-year-old Queenslander Ashley Johnston.
Johnston, a former army reservist, is believed to the first Westerner killed fighting with a militia, Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
A tribute posted on the Lions of Rojava Facebook page claimed he was killed during an assault around Tuesday on an Islamic State position at a small village near Sinjar in West Kurdistan.
“Throughout his time in Kurdistan, he had a positive impact on my people’s lives though his humility and kindness to everyone he met,” the post said.
“His squad of eight fighters where in a truck which had broken down and it was critical that they dislodge Isis from their positions so they pushed on fearlessly with little regard for the own safety.
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