Trooper Marc Diab dreamed of a military career from the time he was a boy in war-torn Lebanon and wanted to bring peace to the world, the mother of the latest Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan said yesterday.
The 22-year-old soldier, who emigrated to Canada with his family in 2000, was killed Sunday in a roadside bomb attack that wounded four other Canadian soldiers.
His mother, Jihan Diab, said from her home in Mississauga that her son was proud to be in the military and was fulfilling a dream.
“Marc called himself a soldier since he was probably eight, or before that,” she said.
“What a hero he is. He was never scared. He wanted peace for every single part of the world.”
Diab wanted to continue his military career after his five-year stint was up in 2011.
“He had plans to study and do something else within the military, I don’t know what it was,” his mother said. “He told me, ‘Mom, it’s good. I won’t be in danger so much.’”