A British man who fought with Kurdish militia forces against Islamic State is to be charged with a terror offence, Scotland Yard said.
James Matthews, 43, is to appear in court on February 14 to face a charge of attending a place used for terrorist training, under the Terrorism Act 2006, the Metropolitan Police said.
In March 2017, a Jim Matthews was a signatory of an ‘open letter from British YPG fighters on London attacks’ posted on a Kurdish news website.
James Matthews, 43, (pic in an undated photo) will face a charge of attending a place used for terrorist training
In it they urged people not to give in to extremism of any kind following the attacks in Westminster, London Bridge and Manchester.
Mr Matthews served with the British Army in Bosnia during the nineties before joining the YPG in 2015 and serving three tours with the group.
He featured in The Brits Battling Isis, a Channel 4 documentary about the extremists and their quest for a self-styled caliphate.
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said Matthews had been ‘requisitioned to appear’ in court on Valentine’s Day.
She said: ‘James Matthews, a UK national, will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 14 February to be formally charged with attending a place or places in Iraq and Syria where instruction or training was provided for purposes connected to the commission or preparation of terrorism on or before 15 February 2016 under Section 8 of the Terrorism Act 2006.’
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said Matthews had been ‘requisitioned to appear’ at Westminster Magistrates Court (pictured) on Valentine’s Day