Alberta teen went to Syria to help the wounded. She came back having fought ISIL

Shaelynn Jabs is like a lot of people. She just wanted to help.

But the aspiring 19-year-old paramedic from Drayton Valley took a step few would consider. Last fall, Jabs embarked on a six-month tour in Syria, fighting in the battle against the Islamic State (IS) before an explosion left her deaf in one ear, her injuries forcing her to return home.

Good for her.

  • Glenfilthie

    No it’s not ‘good for her’. That one could very easily have gone St. Pancake-ish for her as it did for Rachael Corrie. It’s a stupid way to get hurt because – if by some miracle, some kind of peace IS established – it will be only a matter of weeks or months before some Islamic mutt starts the shooting all over again.

    • Yes it was a foolish risk, however I won’t knock her initiative.

    • Kathy Prendergast

      I wouldn’t compare her to Rachel Corrie aka St. Pancake, as she went to the Middle East to SUPPORT terrorists, not fight against them and help their victims, so IMO she asked for her untimely demise in front of a bulldozer.

      • Glenfilthie

        Point taken. When I first heard about St. Pancake on a political forum all the lefties got choked when I thought it was a joke and got mad waiting for the punch line. Then when I found out it was true I laughed like a loon and the lib-lefties started foaming at the mouth. I think I got banned shortly after that…but some things are just too funny to not laugh about.
        I would have felt bad if this girl had gotten hurt but the truth of it is, the middle east is no place for young women even at the best of times. This was foolishness, not initiative. That is a fight for animals and the men with the gear and training to deal with them.