A young British fighter’s body is still lying in the battlefield where she was killed because officials do not want to "endanger Britain’s relationship with Turkey."
Anna Campbell was killed by a suspected Turkish air strike while fighting against ISIS in Syria on March 15 – but her body has still not been recovered from the rubble.
The 26-year-old, a volunteer with the US-backed Kurdish Women’s Protection Units, died on the outskirts of Afrin during the final stages of an offensive against the town by Turkish forces and Syrian rebel fighters.
The area was secured by Turkish troops within three days but it would be too dangerous for charities, including the International Red Cross, to reach her.
Her father, Dirk Campbell, has accused the Foreign Office of ‘inertia’ and said officials are unwilling to endanger Britain’s relationship with Turkey.
He told The Times: "The FCO won’t have done anything specific. They’ve told me they can’t get involved in anything political.
"Basically, they don’t want to tread on the toes of anybody or affect Britain’s relationship with Turkey."
He has requested a meeting with Middle East minister Alistair Burt, saying he wants to ask if he is ‘happy’ that Ms Campbell’s body is still in Syria.
Ex-public schoolgirl Anna, of Lewes, East Sussex, gave up her job as a plumber last May to travel to Syria and fight for all-female Kurdish group the YPJ.
She was about 100 British people to have joined the Kurdish forces fighting against ISIS.
After she died, her dad said he had known she might be killed when she went to help the Kurdish fighters battle the Islamic State group, but was still "very proud" of her.
He said at the time: "‘Anna was very brave, she was very beautiful and was really idealistic, a dedicated idealist,’ he said.
"She went there knowing what might happen to her. I didn’t try to stop her because I knew, once she had decided to do something, she was unstoppable.
"That’s why she went to Rojava: to help build a world of equality and democracy where everyone has a right to representation.
"When she told me she was going I joked: "It’s been nice knowing you." I just knew it might be the last time I’d see her."
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