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Updated: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:08:06 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Andre Poulin: dead Canadian jihadist used in ISIS recruitment video



Andrew Poulin joined the fighting in Syria in 2012. He died there in the summer of 2013 and reportedly left behind a wife and child. ISIS

Andrew Poulin joined the fighting in Syria in 2012. He died there in the summer of 2013 and reportedly left behind a wife and child. ISIS

The Sunni militant group ISIS, which wants to create an Islamic state spanning Iraq and Syria, has issued a recruitment video using the image and words of a dead Ontario man who had become a jihadist and joined the fighting in Syria.

Andre Poulin, from Timmins, Ont., died in fighting in northern Syria last summer. Poulin, who went by the name Abu Muslim, converted to Islam and joined the fight in Syria in 2012.

The 11-minute video is aimed at westerners and has Poulin talking about his life in Canada: "I had money. I had a good family ... I watched hockey, I went to the cottage in the summertime."

Poulin's life wasn't as sunny as he painted. He had a criminal record for uttering death threats, theft, harassment and carrying a weapon. Online, he wrote that he'd been accused of threatening to blow up a Timmins gas station.

Poulin refers to his home country as "dar al-kufr" — land of disbelief — and says he couldn't live in such a place where "you cannot obey Allah fully."

He also reveals that he got married after arriving in Syria and that his wife is pregnant. Poulin says those who can't join the fight should give money to the cause.

Reports say Poulin left behind a wife and young child in Syria.

Shots of Canadians fishing, playing hockey and gassing up a snowmobile are interspersed with images of Poulin.

Scenes of fighting at the airport in Aleppo are also shown with the narrator saying Poulin fought and died there.

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