American Fighting Alongside Kurdish Peshmerga Forces Killed in Syria

Killed by ISIS

An American has been killed fighting alongside Kurdish forces against ISIS in Syria, according to officials and relatives.

A State Department official confirmed to NBC News that American citizen Keith Broomfield was killed in Syria. The official did not provide further details, saying only that the State Department was in touch with Broomfield’s family.

Broomfield, 36, was originally from Massachusetts.

Twitter accounts and Facebook pages linked to Kurdish fighters were first to report his death, calling Broomfield a “martyr” and saying he was killed in the Syrian countryside surrounding Kobani. There was no immediate official confirmation from the secular Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in Syria known known as the YPG.

Idris Nassan, Kurdish co-deputy foreign minister of the Kobani district, also confirmed to NBC News that an American who had joined Kurdish fighters died in a battle with ISIS in his area. It was not immediately clear when Broomfield was killed.

Broomfield’s mother, Donna, said she had learned from her other son that Keith was dead.

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