ERBIL — A British citizen who had joined the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units to help the fight against the Islamic State (IS), has been arrested upon his arrival back to his home country.
Nottinghamshire police said that Aiden Aslin, 23, was being questioned under the Terrorism Act, after being arrested on suspicion of engaging “in the preparation to fight against Daesh” and possessing “articles for terrorist purposes in Iraq/Syria”, as reported by The Guardian.
Aslin reportedly flew back to home from Greece where he reportedly taught English at a refugee camp for three months. Prior to that, he had joined the Syrian Kurds, but moved to Greece instead of UK for fear of being detained by the British authorities.
It is understood that he travelled to Syria twice in 2015 and 2016. After returning for the first time he was arrested and placed on bail before all charges were dropped last October.
A police spokesperson said: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences. The 23-year-old was arrested following claims he had allegedly engaged in the preparation to fight against Daesh [Islamic State] and possessed articles for terrorist purposes in Iraq/Syria. He will be interviewed by specialist officers later [on Monday].”