My AWOL Rambo needs a smack – mum

Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015 by The News Editor

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The mother of a British soldier who reportedly went to Syria to fight against Islamic State (IS) terrorists has dubbed him Rambo, but labelled him “bloody stupid”.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told the Commons yesterday the serving soldier, who has not been identified, had been found and was being returned to his unit.

It was reported on Thursday that the man, understood to be 19, left his base after telling his family he was joining the Kurdish peshmerga in their battle against the extremist group because “these guys need our help”.

But speaking during the regular Commons defence questions, Mr Fallon said: “The House may also want to know the soldier reported as missing last week has now been located and is being returned to his unit.”

Reacting to the news, his mother told The Sun: “Rambo is coming home.

“I’ve asked them to leave me in a room with him for two minutes. It’s the same scenario as when your child runs in the road and you grab them and smack them for doing something so bloody stupid.

“I’m extremely angry with him, but for someone to do that shows they have balls.”

The soldier, who joined up at the age of 16 after leaving school, had reportedly been learning Arabic.

“I’ve gone to join the Kurds in Syria and Iraq,” he wrote to his family, according to Sky News. “I’m with other British people and a Canadian at the moment.

“I don’t know how to explain it to you but I really want and need to do this and I will be safe.”

In December it emerged that two former British soldiers had travelled to Syria to fight against IS after feeling “compelled” to take up arms following the murder of aid volunteer Alan Henning.

Published: Tuesday 24th February 2015 by The News Editor

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