Jamie Read (left) and James Hughes (right) are said to have joined American Jordan Matson in the YPG
24 November 2014 BBC News
A British man fighting with Kurdish troops against Islamic State militants in Syria says he is not a mercenary.
Jamie Read, from North Lanarkshire, and James Hughes, a former British soldier, are reported to be among 15 Westerners with the YPG militia group.
Mr Read said they were helping the Kurdish people in their efforts against the jihadists and were not being paid.
The government has warned against going to Syria and more than 500 Britons are said to have fought for IS.
Mr Read and Mr Hughes, who saw service with the Army in Afghanistan, have been pictured on social media with US national Jordan Matson. He previously talked to the media about his involvement with the YPG on the frontline in Syria.