The 18-year-old is at least the 16th to have died while fighting in either Syria or Iraq. Photo: Stringer/Scanpix
A Danish teenager, identified as ‘LD’ in most media reports but by his full name on the controversial website Syrienblog, reportedly died in Ayn al-Arab on Christmas Day.
According to sources, the 18-year-old LD was killed by a US-led air strike, making him the first Danish citizen to die at the hands of Western forces in Syria. Politiken spoke to another Danish fighter in Syria as well as other individuals in Denmark’s extremist Islamic community who all confirmed the death.
The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) has declined to comment on the reports and the Foreign Ministry has said that it could neither confirm nor deny the death.
The media reports portray LD as a typical Danish teenager who was brought up in the southern part of Copenhagen. He allegedly converted to Islam just a few short years before going to Syria.
Politiken reports that LD arrived in Syria in May 2014 and served as a first aid worker assisting war victims before joining up with Isis a few months later. A photo posted on Syrienblog purports to show LD sitting in a room with other men under an Isis flag.
When LD was killed, he was going under the name Abu Ismail.
PET said in December that at least 16 Danes have died while fighting in Syria and Iraq.