Canadian ISIS fighter: Headed down dark path

Shi'ite volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State....

Shi'ite volunteers, who have joined the Iraqi army to fight against militants of the Islamic State. (REUTERS/Ahmed Saad)

Jessica Hume, Qmi Agency

, Last Updated: 7:01 PM ET

A former co-worker of a young Canadian believed to be fighting with the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria says John Maguire was clearly heading down a path to terror.

The ex-friend, who didn't want his named used, once worked with Maguire at an Independent grocery store in the Ottawa area.

He said Macguire's Facebook posts were increasing alarming, to the point where he no longer wanted anything to do with the man.

"(His posts) were usually about having to enforce Sharia using violence and how both Muslims and non-Mulsims who don't fight for their cause will be punished in the after-life," the friend told QMI Agency. "He was clearly brainwashed."

Maguire, 23, disappeared last year and his family was told by law enforcement he purchased a one-way ticket to Syria.

He is one of dozens of Canadians who've apparently joined Islamist groups to fight after converting to Islam, and is a "classic example" of a successful overseas recruiting campaign, one expert says


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