nucklehead Posted January 3, 2017 Share Posted January 3, 2017 http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/kurdish-forces-announce-canadian-died-fighting-isil-in-syria-calling-him-a-martyr-and-a-hero/ar-BBxRirv?li=AAadgLE&ocid=spartanntp Quote A Canadian who left for Syria six months ago to fight alongside Kurdish forces died in a clash with ISIL extremists two weeks ago, the Kurdish YPG militia announced on Tuesday. Nazzareno Tassone, who departed Edmonton in June, was killed in Syria’s Raqqah district on Dec. 21, the militia’s statement said. A British anti-ISIL fighter, Ryan Lock, died in the same battle. Rumours that a Canadian had been killed in Syria began circulating after ISIL posted photos on Dec. 22 of the bodies of two Western-looking fighters it said it had killed near Ja’bir village in Syria. One of the images appeared to show the body of Tassone, who had described himself on his Facebook profile as a former parking company employee originally from Keswick, Ont. “Hey all from Turkey,” he posted on June 24, wearing a Toronto Raptors t-shirt. His posts indicated he had travelled from Edmonton to Toronto, Frankfurt and Istanbul. Two sources told the National Post they had later met Tassone in Syria. “As far as I understand it there was a large Daesh (ISIL) attack, he fought, and was killed,” one of them said. While Canadian troops are in Iraq helping train local forces to fight ISIL, Tassone made his own way to the region to join the ranks of the international volunteers fighting with Kurdish paramilitaries. The statement released by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, called Tassone a martyr and a hero. He would be the second Canadian anti-ISIL volunteer to die in Syria, after John Robert Gallagher, killed Nov. 4, 2015. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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