This mama wants revenge after her son becomes first Brit to die fighting Daesh
Kosta was killed by a RPG while fighting Daesh in Syria alongside Kurdish forces. (Facebook)
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A mother whose son was the first Brit to be killed fighting ISIS [Daesh] has spoken in support of the Syrian air strikes.
Vasiliki Scurfield said: “Of course we are scared, but out of fear comes incredible bravery.”
Her son Konstandinos Erik Scurfield – known as Kosta - was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade whilst fighting ISIS in Syria alongside Kurdish forces .
Mrs Scurfield said: “I was for UK military intervention in Syria, nobody came up with an alternative solution.
“Kosta had said he was going to Syria because our government had left it too late, and that we should have intervened when IS, also known as Daesh , was a smaller problem.
“How many people have died in the last two years while we have been sitting here watching from a distance?
“Kosta got very upset about the apathy of the British government. He was hoping for some sort of British intervention even while he was out there.
“Kosta would say, ‘Too little too late, or, it’s about time.’
“In the meantime, more civilians are dying out there. We have to do something to help.
“I’m hoping the British government is clever enough to realise that air strikes are not enough."
The Ministry of Defence confirmed RAF tornado jets have carried out their first air strikes against so-called Islamic State in Syria after 397 MPs voted in favour of military intervention against the terrorist group following a mammoth debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday.
Mrs Scurfield, 49, of Barnsley in South Yorkshire said her son, who died in March this year aged 25, would also have been in favour of the air strikes.
She said she believed the UK was doing everything possible to hit Daesh ’s finances and cutting out their access to oil markets.
Teacher trainer Mrs Scurfield believes that without intervention IS would think the British nation was scared of their so-called caliphate – or government - and see it as a sign of weakness, further legitimising their claim.
She said: “Britain had to decide whether it was going to be a team player on an international level, and if so, it had to pull up and contribute.”
She went on to praise the bravery of those who have given their lives to military service.
“People do sign up for the military knowing their lives are going to be in danger,” she said.
“These guys will be afraid but they are still going ahead and doing their duty and that’s brave.
“A lot of these guys feel relief they are going to make a difference.
“I know my son would have had a fear of dying but he stayed in the Royal Marines because he wanted to make a difference.”
As a grieving mother, she also extended her sympathies to other parents around the world whose sons and daughters are laying down their lives to fight.
“I feel a deep sympathy for the mothers of those fighting the cause, but I also feel a very deep sympathy for the mothers in Syria at the moment whose sons and daughters are fighting there,” she explained.
“I can’t say I put British lives before Kurdish lives or Syrian lives. They are both fighting a monstrous cult that doesn’t value anyone’s life.
“I feel we can’t sit back as a result of fear and not act.”
The decision for the UK to go ahead with military intervention in Syria came asDavid Cameron revealed that British intelligence services have foiled seven planned terrorist attacks this year.
“If two succeeded next year, people would say it’s because we are bombing Syria, but it won’t be,” said Mrs Scurfield.
“We are at risk all the time anyway. They would be doing it anyway, they would find another excuse.”
She said she doesn’t believe civilians will be at more risk as a result of British intervention in Syria, and that the only people in danger and at risk will be the RAF personnel who are flying the airplanes.
Although she is in support of the air strikes, she would not agree with sending soldiers to fight at ground level.
She said: “The safest our armed forces can be is in the airplanes. I still don’t want to see boots on the ground - that’s where I draw my line because I couldn’t wish that on anyone.
“But there are boots on the ground, they are just not ours.
“They belong to women and men as young as 18 as well as elderly people fighting for their homeland against an invading army of extremists.
“Are we happy to let those people continue doing our dirty work and not even send in a few airplanes?
“I am terribly worried for the RAF personnel and their families but I have to have some trust in them that they will look after themselves and I pray there are no casualties.”
She admitted because she is an advocate of the air involvement in Syria, she does feel a dreadful sense of fear and responsibility, adding: "I haven’t made the MPs vote the way they have but I feel by raising my voice for them I feel I'm part of them and I hope and pray they are very savvy, technologically protected and that they will be ok, I really do.
“I’m terribly afraid someone will shoot down one of our RAF planes but if we do our job properly that shouldn’t happen, that doesn’t even bear thinking about.”
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