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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
—For The Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
Canadian who died fighting ISIL wasn’t killed by a suicide bomber — but by a lone gunman in the night.—by Stewart Bell | November 7, 2015
“We told the family and the mother (Valerie Carder) that her son is our son,” said Toronto Kurdish Community Centre president Ali Kaya, who met Carder at her home near Windsor, Ont. on Friday. “John fought for liberty and for the Kurdish people,” he said.
“We feel sad.”
A former member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Gallagher left in late April for Iraq. He initially fought with the Iraqi peshmerga before crossing into Syria in July to assist the Kurdish YPG’s fight against ISIL. [YPG = People’s Protection Units, a Kurdish militia fighting ISIL in Syria.]
He is among a dozen Canadians, many of them former PPCLI members, who have joined the fight against ISIL in Syria and Iraq. Several other Western volunteers have died but Gallagher was the first Canadian.