Islamist sources in Syria reported, Sunday, that two Canadian Christians who converted to Islam have died in the service of organizations associated with the Al-Qaeda international terrorist network. Damian Clairmont, also known as Mustafa Al-Gharib and Abu-Talha Al-Canadi was killed by the Free Syrian Army during an internal power struggle among rebels in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. The 22-year-old Nova Scotia native left Calgary for Syria in 2012 and was involved in two Islamist organizations.
Andre Poulin of Timmins, Ontario was killed in a battle for an Aleppo airport last August. Abu-Muslim, as he was also known, converted to Islam in 2009, adopted an extreme form of the religion and built up a criminal record based on threats, arms violations and defying court orders in Canada before he left. The two are the latest known Canadians to have died in the Syrian civil war.