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Why is Jim Matthews on trial for terrorism? 26 Feb 2018 07:05 #6323

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Breaking its alliance with the YPG is proving tricky for Britain. But presenting them as a terrorist faction is an easy way out, writes STEVE SWEENEY

THE case of Jim Matthews should concern us all. The former People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighter faces a court hearing on March 1st, where he could be jailed for up to 10 years for terrorism offences.

This is a watershed moment in British foreign policy. The trial is not just about Matthews. It is a marker for British government policy in a post-Isis Syria and paves the way for it to officially list the YPG as a terrorist organisation.

Matthews is the first British YPG volunteer to be charged with terror offences in what is a major shift in the government’s treatment of those who fought with coalition forces against jihadists in Syria.

Matthews has been back from Syria for almost two years, which begs the question: why is he being charged now?

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