Anna Campbell is believed to be the first British woman and eighth British citizen who was killed whilst fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria.
Anna Campbell, from Lewes, East Sussex, was volunteering with the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) to join the Kurdish struggle in Rojava against the invasion by the Islamic State.
She first travelled to Deir ez-Zor in the easternmost region of Syria in 2017 to join the fight against ISIS. In 2018, she decided to take part in the resistance in Afrin (Efrin), facing Turkey’s offensive. Twenty-six-year-old Campbell was killed in Afrin by a Turkish missile on 16 March 2018. The late Anna Campbell, known as Helin Qereçox in Rojava, is commemorated as one of the inspirational symbols of international revolutionary solidarity.