Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Fighting with Kurdish Forces in Syria Killed in Suicide Bombing: Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Fighting with Kurdish Forces in Syria Killed in Suicide Bombing: Report

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Cdn reported killed by suicide bomber in Syria

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TORONTO - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a Canadian fighting the Islamic State group in Syria has been killed in a suicide attack.

The observatory says in a posting on its website that John Robert Gallagher was killed in the attack by an IS fighter on Wednesday at a farm near Dalhu village in the predominantly Kurdish province of Hassakeh that borders Iraq.

Maclean's magazine says Gallagher is a former infantryman with the 2nd Battalion of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, who went into Syria in July to fight with a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia known as the YPG.

A posting on Gallagher's Facebook page that says it was written by his mother, Valerie, says she heard from "representatives from the YPG in Syria and in London and it seems that John Robert was killed by a suicide bomber. …

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