Family Thought Islam Would “Calm Down” Teen Who Joined Al Qaeda

Damian Clairmont

Expecting your teen to calm down under the influence of a religion that urges violence and killing is rather optimistic. Damian Clairmont, aka
Abu Talha al-Canadi never did calm down. Until the Syrian Civil War calmed him down permanently.

Al-Gharib converted to Islam following a two-year period of personal anguish in his teens that included him dropping out of high school, a diagnosis for bipolar disorder and a suicide attempt at age 17.

“He had some trouble as a teenager. When he converted to Islam, initially his family thought that this would be the thing that would calm him down. And eventually it did,” said CBC News senior correspondent Adrienne Arsenault, who interviewed al-Gharib’s mother last year.

And by calmed down, she means he joined Al Qaeda.

In November 2012, al-Gharib informed his mother that he was leaving Canada for Egypt, where he would study to become an imam.

But then Damian decided studying was hard and killing was easy and all that being an Imam would accomplish would be to let him tell others to kill.

Al-Gharib’s contact with his mother became increasingly infrequent as time passed, and his text messages “became increasingly angry about Canada, increasingly determined to be there fighting,” said Arsenault, based on conversations with his mother.

But then the rebellion began to collapse and the various Islamist terror groups began fighting each other.

Word of the death of al-Gharib, known in militant circles as Abu Talha al-Canadi, first appeared on social media Tuesday morning by way of an American jihadist fighter who apparently knew al-Gharib personally.

“My Bro Abu Talha al-Canadi [was] executed by FSA!” tweeted the fighter, who identifies himself online as Abu Turab al-Muhajir.

Another post linked al-Gharib to the rebel group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a hardline militant organization fighting throughout Iraq and Syria. But there are also conflicting media reports that said he was a member of a separate shadowy group, Jabhat Al Nusra.

Both groups are listed as terrorist organizations, reportedly linked to al-Qaeda.

Finally the Free Syrian Army did something useful.

“The benefit for myself in terms of worldly life is most certainly back in Canada where I could see my family, indulge in fornication and infidelity legally and limitlessly and stagger around poisoned on intoxicants,” Al-Kanadi wrote. But then he found that Islam’s promise of eternal intoxication, fornication and infidelity in paradise was so much better.

“Islam’s concept of working for an afterlife that never ends. An eternity in Paradise cannot to traded for 70 years (if that) of this place.”

Good luck collecting from Mohammed on those virgins and dancing boys.

  • Inane Rambler

    This story has a happy ending: The bad guy died.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Yes it does

    • guest

      This is not a happy ending. It is the happiest ending considering personal and world history.

      We lost Damian Clairmont some time in his teens. We lost not just his parents. There are positive some games, zero sum games and negative sum games. This is a negative sum game.

      We lost Damian Clairmont. That goes into the minus column. But it is good that we lost him instead of losing more people and going further in the negative direction.

      • defcon 4

        He wasn’t Damian Clairmont anymore, just like Cat Stevens he joined the worldwide death cult and became a shahid of Sathan.

      • WhiteHunter

        “Losing” this young terrorist-in-training is like “losing” a dose of the clap. It’s called a “cure.”


      Darwin Rulez!!!!

  • Mr Akatram

    lmao, a good story finally

  • Webb Cook

    A beautiful story with a very happy ending.

  • Drakken

    Oh look! Darwin has a winner! Can we please send more of these brain dead converts over there so they get that shot at paradise, I’ll grab the cocktails and watch it all play out. The more we send over there, the less we have to deal with here.

  • Michael Shaw

    Really go news that he is not coming back to Canada!

  • john spielman

    maybe Islam should be outlawed because it is dangerous to ones health (and eternal soul)

    • defcon 4

      I”m more worried that it’s dangerous to the health of others (i.e. the najjis kaffir).

  • truebearing

    Calming someone down with Islam? Did they consider giving him massive doses of meth? The odds of it working are at least as good, and possibly better.

    • Mark

      If he had been Ibadi sect, we might have had better luck. Although I am going to reconsider what I think I know.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I would recommend mixing PCP and bath salts. It’s more likely to make a man peaceable than the religion of peace.

      • truebearing

        Perfectly appropriate, being an animal tranquilizer.

        Speaking of jihadists and drugs, do you know if the Muslims are feeding their fighters addictive drugs, like meth, to increase their fervor? It seems like something they’d do.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          There’s a lot of overlap with drug smuggling, drug use and Islamic terrorism.

  • defcon 4

    Muslime suicide hotline: “Muslime suicide hotline, how may I be helping you”.
    caller: “I’m so depressed, I want to kill myself.”
    Muslime suicide hotline: “Can you drive a truck?”

  • AlanfromNY

    Sounds like the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Parents who would think that this evil so-called religion would calm their idiot son down obviously will only have stupid children, barring any ‘regression-to-the-mean effect.” Anyone with an ounce of intelligence who does 2 minutes worth of reading (I don’t mean The New York Times) and pays attention to world events would know that Islam is the problem – not the solution.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Or they just believed the media

  • Veracious_one

    hmmmm a suicide attempt at age 17.
    with this type of mental thinking Islam was perfect for him….death was assured….

    • WhiteHunter

      Too bad the “attempt” wasn’t successful.

  • Glenn Partridge

    Syria is bringing together what Islam really is simply a death cult. Bands of murderous thugs roaming around killing the other any other screaming their death call allah ackba. Does Assad even bother throwing a punch now?

  • WhiteHunter

    “Converting” to the death cult founded by a Dark Ages wife-beating cutthroat would “calm him down”? That’s exactly the “thinking” of the Sandy Hook psycho’s equally insane mother believing that giving her psychotic monster an arsenal of firearms and a trunkful of ammo would “calm him down.”

    For any Westerner to convert to islam is ipso facto proof of lethally dangerous insanity. The only possible cure is deprogramming by securing the patient naked in a straitjacket and confining him in a freezing-cold, dark, windowless cell from which he is removed only for his hourly beatings. Since the treatment doesn’t always work, he also needs to be harshly questioned every month or so about his beliefs to evaluate his progress in returning to sanity. With electrodes clipped to his genitals during the interrogation.

  • ZombieReady

    with parents like that he never had a chance.

  • ZombieReady

    He is now what I call a good muslim.

  • Warrior for Jesus

    Satanic islam takes down another ignorant fool…smh…

  • Timothy W. Crane

    Just to clarify what I see from the article, He probably was with ISIS and not AlNusra. I say this because the one that reported his death calls himself al-muhajir, one who immigrated. Al-Nusra is less dependent on foreign fighters than ISIS .

    • Drakken

      Well Timmy, it looks like they have an open slot just for you, I am positively sure that they will accept you with open arms, especially when you tell them that islam is the religion of peace. Your going to have to pardon me while a grab a nectar of God himself and watch Darwin have his fun.

      • guest

        Tim is claiming to be Ibadi. I have not heard of an Ibadi who was a terrorist. I could see them having Ahmadiya type problems some time in the future.

        The worst thing I can say about the Ibadis so far is how could they engage in the East African slave trade. Oman used to stretch from Zanzibar, Comoros to Pakistan

        Attached picture is the monument to the salves.

      • guest


        • Drakken

          Islam is islam no matter the bloody stripe and where ever islam goes the blood always flows without exception, period ! The only good islamist is a dead islamist.

      • guest

        More FYI

    • guest

      There has been quit a body count.

      I heard that ISIS or AL Nusrah were working with Assad.

      That surmise was made after the suicide bombing of a intel building and the only people who died were children from a nearby school.

      Maybe they are just using each other. Maybe the rebellion is a way to draw out opposition so they can be identified and forcing other to emigrate.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Other than the being dead part, he could run for a political job in one of the more liberal cities in America. Maybe even that’s not an obstacle.

  • robert cole

    LOL, where’s your 2nd amendment now. screen shots have been taken.