The father of Keith Broomfield, the American killed fighting alongside Kurdish forces in Syria, has said his son felt “led by the Lord” to go to the area.
Speaking at a news conference outside the family house in Westminster, Massachusetts, Tom Broomfield mentioned when his son went to battle the ISIS militant group he “knew the threat, but believed in opposing evil.”
Earlier nowadays, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, released a compilation of video clips purporting to show Broomfield, 36, whose death inside Syria was confirmed by the U.S. State Division Wednesday.
The man seen in the YPG videos identifies himself as Keith Broomfield in one particular clip, and in one more clip says, “I’m right here to be a element of the movement, do what ever I can to assist that.”
Broomfield died on the battlefield “during an operation in Qentere village,” according to the YPG’s media center, producing him the initially known U.S. casualty among dozens of Americans who are believed to have joined Kurdish forces in their fight against ISIS militants. State Division officials confirmed he was killed fighting alongside Kurdish forces.
“I’m here to do what I can to assistance Kurdistan,” Broomfield says in the video. “You know, with every little thing that’s been going on it seems like the suitable thing to do.”
According to The Related Press, Broomfield’s family members retrieved his body at a Turkish border crossing Thursday. Social media posts showed hundreds of folks providing a hero’s farewell, waving flags in help as his casket was carried by means of the streets of Kobani in Syria.
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These images were captured by a journalist inside Syria and published on Twitter. ABC News can not independently confirm the veracity of these pictures nor of the video clips.
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The State Department declined to comment on the record about the circumstances surrounding Broomfield’s death Wednesday, rather saying the U.S. is providing “all probable consular help.” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke reiterated right now that the U.S. government strongly advises against any travel to Iraq or Syria.
“I want to be completely clear that the United States government does not support U.S. citizens traveling to Iraq or Syria to fight against ISIL,” Rathke stated. “And, of course, not to fight with ISIL, either.”
In the video, Broomfield also refers to himself as Gelhat Rûmet, a name presumably given to him by the YPG, and provides a variety of self-identifiers, saying he is from the Boston region, his father is Tom and his mother is Donna.
Broomfield was the second of six kids. His brother, sister and father spoke briefly outside their home Thursday, and mentioned they count on to have his body household by Saturday.
Tom Broomfield stated the “brutality of ISIS” and the persecution of the Kurdish people have been what drew his son to want to fight in Syria.
“That truly troubled him, and he did say that he seriously felt led by the Lord to go over there,” Broomfield said. “[Keith Broomfield] said, ‘I genuinely feel the need to go there and do what I can. I can’t just sit back right here and watch.’”
ABC News’ Jon Williams contributed to this report.