Canadian killed in Syrian civil war used by radicals

Calgarian Damian Clairmont was killed in the fighting in Syria. Facebook photo

Calgarian Damian Clairmont was killed in the fighting in Syria. Facebook photo

Michael Platt, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

CALGARY -- In many ways, it was a suicide seven years in the making.

A troubled young adult from Calgary, dead in the war-ravaged ruins of Syria -- Damian Clairmont's 22-year life sacrificed to a civil war he'd fought as fundamentalist Islamic rebel linked to al-Qaida.

It was a long way from home for a Catholic high school dropout with a history of mental illness and attempted suicide, yet those close to the Clairmont case are not surprised a bit.

"He's been there since January, and I thought if he spends enough time there, it's a matter of time," said Muhammad Robert Heft.

"No, I'm not really surprised."


Videos

Photos