Dillon Hillier, Canadian vet who fought ISIS, returns home safely, parents say

A Canadian veteran who travelled to northern Iraq in November to help the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has returned home safely, according to a statement from his parents.

Father Randy Hillier, an Ontario MPP, confirms news through Facebook statement

Dillon Hillier is a veteran of the Afghanistan mission who flew to northern Iraq in November to aid Kurdish troops fighting ISIS. His father says Dillon has returned home safely. (CBC)

A Canadian veteran has returned home safely after aiding the Kurdish fight against ISIS, according to a statement from his parents posted to social media on Tuesday.

Dillon Hillier, 26, is a retired corporal in the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry who flew to northern Iraq in November to fight alongside a group battling the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

On Dec. 1, Hillier posted a dramatic video from the front lines, where he could be seen bandaging a wounded man. While it's not illegal for Canadians to join the Kurdish Pshmerga, the federal government is discouraging military veterans from doing it.

On Tuesday, Jane and Randy Hillier posted a joint statement to Facebook confirming their son Dillon has returned home safely.

We are proud and relieved that Dillon has returned safely home from the middle-east- Randy and Jane Hillier, Dillon's parents

"Jane and I would like to express our deep appreciation to all those who contacted us, offering their thoughtful and generous support to our son Dillon while he was engaged alongside the Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan against the Islamic State (ISIL)," the statement read.

"We are proud and relieved that Dillon has returned safely home from the middle-east."

The statement goes on to say Dillon Hillier would need time to re-adjust and reunite with friends and family before any further public statement is made.


Just before Christmas, Hillier's brother Russell carried out crowdsourcing to pay for military gear that would be sent to help the fight in Iraq.

The Canadian government has urged veterans not to join the fight against ISIS.
At that time, Russell Hillier said his brother decided to go to Iraq after the terrorist attacks in Ottawa.

Hillier was one of a half-dozen former Canadian Forces personnel whom CBC News previously reported had planned to join the Kurdish military, it was reported in December.

Dillon Hillier had been working as a welder in Calgary before travelling to the Middle East.