NEWSMAKERS 2014: The Kamloops connection to ISIS

Collin Gordon is a former student of TRU's business program.
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KAMLOOPS - Few stories got more attention world-wide than the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The terrorists made international headlines as the group spread through Syria and Iraq, taunted the West and posted videos of beheadings to YouTube in a carefully crafted propaganda effort.

But perhaps most distressing and confusing was where many of their soldiers came from: The UK, the U.S. and Canada including a connection right here in Kamloops.

Collin Gordon was a student and Wolfpack volleyball member at Thompson Rivers University before he returned with his brother Greg to Calgary, their hometown. Then in 2012, both made their way to Syria. Collin's social media accounts justified terrorist attacks and beheadings, repeated extreme Muslim interpretations and pictures of him in combat or training.

After hearing the news, TRU political science professor Derek Cook hosted a forum at the university to educate the community about the middle-eastern conflict.

Through social media accounts, Gordon told reporters and friends he will not return home.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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