Canadian killed fighting for Syrian rebel group: Report

A local high-school dropout turned al-Qaida soldier has been killed fighting in Syria, according to...

A local high-school dropout turned al-Qaida soldier has been killed fighting in Syria, according to a friend's Twitter feed. "He was killed while defending himself and his brothers from the #FSA onslaught in Aleppo." REUTERS/Hosam Katan

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CALGARY - A local high-school dropout turned al-Qaida soldier has been killed fighting in Syria, according to a friend's Twitter feed.

"My Bro....Abu Talha al-Canadi Executed by #FSA! InshAllah we will meet in Jannah! May Allah accept your Shahada!" Abu Turab Al-Muhajir tweeted Tuesday.

The Twitter feed goes on to say "he was killed while defending himself and his brothers from the #FSA onslaught in Aleppo," and then says his real identity was Damien Clairmont from Canada.

FSA is the Free Syrian Army, a rebel group that opposes President Bashar Assad's regime.

The tweet includes a photograph of Clairmont, who was earlier going by the name Mustafa al-Gharib after leaving Canada to fight on the rebel side in Syria's civil war.

Clairmont left for Syria in November 2012 to join a force called Jabhat al-Nusra, a group the Canadian government labelled a terrorist organization due to al-Qaida connections.

A spokesman for the foreign affairs department confirmed the government is aware of "reports that Canadians have been killed in Syria.”

“We are following the situation closely,” Jean-Bruno Villeneuve said in an email. “Since April 24, 2011, Canada has advised against all travel to Syria due to the deteriorating security situation."


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