My friend, Zied Kanoun, has died. Only 33 years old, he lost his life in the fight against the Syrian army.
Zied was a Tunisian revolutionary and a jihadist. Two years ago, he left his wife, Betty, and their baby to fight Syria’s dictator, Bashar al-Assad.
Unsure which side to join, Zied wandered about, trying out the Islamic State, al-Nusra (an al-Qaeda offshoot) and others.
“For more than two years, he searched for people in Syria who shared his convictions (whether they were wrong or right, only God knows what was in his heart),” Betty wrote to me. “But he never found what he was looking for.”
She added: “He drove a small truck transporting injured people to the border so they could be taken care of in Turkey. He even did a first-aid course for that. He used to drive all night – eventually he could have driven the route with his eyes closed, he knew every street.”