German fighter and former Muay Thai champion Valdet Gashi, who was reportedly killed last month during an airstrike in Syria, actually died under far different circumstances.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (h/t Fightland), Gashi was executed by IS militants for attempting to escape the extremist group's stronghold. According to the report, Gashi was "trying to escape with another group from IS-held areas in the northern countryside of Aleppo, where IS dragged them to an IS jail in the city of Manbej northeast of Aleppo."
Gashi, who claimed to have been in Thailand training for the last few months before his announcement, revealed his true intentions in a 90-minute phone interview with the Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen journalists. At the time, Gashi confirmed his support of the ISIS ideology and justified his involvement with the terrorist group.
"I want to do something good and to die while doing it. That is what would make me happy," he said.
The SOHR confirmed that Gashi was executed for his actions, yet others claim that he remains alive and has attempted to escape more than once. The report also added that "Valdet had been shocked after joining IS and that he was working on return to Germany since the first month of his joining."