Canadian killed in Iraq; said to be former Calgary resident

The federal government says it is aware of reports that a Canadian has been killed in Iraq.

But the Foreign Affairs Department isn't confirming it is Farah Mohamed Shirdon, a former Calgary man the CBC has identified as having been radicalized in Canada and gone to the Middle East to fight for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

The CBC cited multiple social media reports out of Iraq saying Shirdon has been killed.

Earlier this year, the network aired a propaganda video of Shirdon burning his Canadian passport and threatening U.S. President Barack Obama.

Foreign Affairs says it is monitoring the situation closely.

The department is advising against all non-essential travel to Iraq because of the ``dangerous and unpredictable security situation'' in the country.


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  1. Murray posted on 08/15/2014 09:16 PM
    Karma caught up.
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