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Post by Rutherford on Sat 09 Feb 2019, 9:10 am

Canadian women emerge from ISIS's crumbling caliphate

By Ben Wedeman, CNN Senior International Correspondent

Updated 5:59 AM ET, Sat February 9, 2019



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Post by Bailler on Sun 10 Feb 2019, 8:54 am

Global Affairs aware of Canadians detained in Syria


Published Saturday, February 9, 2019

Global Affairs Canada has confirmed that it is aware of Canadian citizens being detained in Syria.

That confirmation came Saturday after CNN reported that it had interviewed two Canadian women who had recently fled one of ISIS’ last remaining strongholds: the village of Baghouz in eastern Syria. The two women, who spoke fluent English, said they were from Toronto and Alberta and travelled to Syria at their husbands’ insistence.

With the help of U.S. airpower, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently fighting to rout ISIS from the village, which sits along the Euphrates River near Syria’s border with Iraq.


“Given the security situation on the ground, the Government of Canada’s ability to provide consular assistance in any part of Syria is extremely limited,” Global Affairs spokesperson Richard Walker said in a statement to CTV News.

“The Government of Canada is engaged in these cases and is providing assistance -- to the limited extent possible.”

Canadian officials, Walker added, “have established a communications channel with local Kurdish authorities in order to verify the whereabouts of some Canadian citizens.”

“Reports of an agreement concerning the repatriation of Canadian citizens from Syria are false,” Walker stated.

‘EATING PRINGLES AND TWIX BARS’

One of the two women interviewed by CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman on Feb. 9 identified herself as 28-year-old Dura Ahmed of Toronto.

Wedeman spoke to Ahmed in a barren desert plain in eastern Syria, where scores of civilians and suspected ISIS members fleeing fighting in nearby Baghouz were being questioned after surrendering themselves to the U.S.-backed SDF.

With her face masked by a black niqab, Ahmed recounted how she came to Syria from Canada four years ago at her husband’s urging.

“I didn’t know anything about ISIS or anything,” she claimed in the CNN interview, speaking with a distinctly North American accent. “He said, ‘Just come and see, just come and see.’”

Ahmed described life in Raqqa, the one-time capital of ISIS’ so-called caliphate, in rather rosy terms.

“You’re there… you’re eating Pringles and Twix bars,” she recounted. “You don’t feel like you’re in a war.”

She also expressed little remorse for leaving the relative safety of Canada for perilous Syria.

“I believe in Shariah, wherever Shariah is,” Ahmed said. “Do I regret it? Coming, you mean? Like, no -- I don’t. Like in the sense, I had my kids here.”

The fate of Ahmed’s husband remains unclear.

‘I WAS JUST TRYING TO BE AN OBEDIENT WIFE’

CNN also interviewed a woman who claimed to be a 34-year-old former graphic designer from Alberta.

The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said her husband had ordered her to come to the troubled country.

“He’s like, ‘It’s obligatory for you to come here -- you have no choice,’” she recalled. Like Ahmed, she spoke with a North American accent.

“He’s like, ‘I’m telling you to come here and as a Muslim wife, you have to obey,’” she said.

The woman eventually relented.

“Even though it was really hard for me to do it, I had to,” she said.

While in Syria, the woman said she lived a sheltered life, even keeping her children indoors.

“I didn’t let them go to school… because it’s dangerous, it’s too many bombings,” she said. “And they don’t speak Arabic, so I taught them myself.”

The woman, who was travelling with her two sons, said her first husband -- who she claimed worked as an ISIS cook -- was killed during fighting. She also claimed to be pregnant with her third child from her second husband: a Canadian who was also killed.

“I was just trying to be an obedient wife,” she said.

‘BRING THEM HOME NOW’

It is believed that more than two dozen Canadians are currently being held in Kurdish-controlled areas of Syria. Many, advocates say, want to come home.

Alexandra Bain is the director of Families Against Violent Extremism and Hayat Canada Family Support: groups that work with the families of those caught up in violent extremist groups like ISIS.

“It’s far better to bring them home now all together with a plan in safety and security than to leave them alone in the camps of Syria where they’re cold and hungry and sick,” Bain, who is also an associate professor of religious studies at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B., told CTV News.

Canada, however, has so far resisted calls to repatriate Canadian fighters in Syria and their families, who could face up to 10 years in prison in the country if they were involved with groups like ISIS.

Amarnath Amarasingam is a senior research fellow at the London, U.K.-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo who researches extremism. Amarasingam says he understands the government’s stance.

“We don’t know what happens to them, we don’t know where they’d go next and we have no real eyes on them once they’re out of the prison,” he told CTV News.

Even if the detained Canadians managed to leave war-torn Syria, they would very likely be arrested and charged in neighbouring countries if they were affiliated with ISIS.





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Post by Rutherford on Sun 10 Feb 2019, 8:42 pm

Law society probes lawyer's relationship with terrorist client

Published on: February 10, 2019



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A Toronto criminal lawyer faces an investigation into her relationship with a terrorist client after jail-guards alleged they saw videos of her crawling under the table during jail-house visits, the Toronto Sun has learned.

Rishma Gupta promised the Law Society of Ontario on Sept. 4, 2018 that she’d stop practising while law society investigators pursued their probe of her relationship with alleged terrorist client Pamir Hakimzadah.



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She is not admitting to the alleged “professional misconduct or lack of capacity to practise law at this time,” her Aug. 28, 2018 undertaking to the law society stated.

By making this undertaking, Gupta avoided a public temporary licence suspension hearing where the allegations that prompted the investigation would have been revealed, sources told the Sun.

On Feb. 1, 2019, Hakimzadah pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in Toronto as he admitted he left Canada to participate in ISIS terrorist activity on the same day day Parliament Hill was attacked by a gunman who murdered Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

Hakimzadah, now 29, flew from Toronto to Amsterdam on Oct. 22, 2014 and then travelled to Istanbul, Turkey the next day, court heard. Hakimzadah, who will be sentenced Feb. 26, is now represented by Toronto criminal lawyer Luka Rados.

While Hakimzadah was represented by Gupta, she visited him at Toronto South Detention Centre in a private meeting room which allows an an inmate and a lawyer to face one another at a wall-to-wall table.


Guards, who intermittently monitor these rooms through a window, allegedly spotted Gupta with her feet on Hakimzadah’s lap as he massaged them, sources told the Sun.

Gupta was issued a warning, but on a subsequent visit, guards allegedly caught her repeating this behaviour and suspended her visiting privileges with her client.

Guards reviewed previous videotaped visits by Gupta and allegedly discovered she crawled under the table towards her client on multiple occasions. None of the allegations have been proven.

“She has co-operated with the law society, but she’s not the subject of a disciplinary hearing,” said Gupta’s lawyer, Nadia Liva, in an interview. “She denies any inappropriate sexual contact with any client.”

The law society doesn’t comment on active investigations.


Gupta, who passed the bar in 2014, “was an assertive lawyer with a large number of clients,” said a member of the large downtown firm where she worked before leaving and signing the law society undertaking.

Hakimzadah was charged in 2017 with leaving the country to join a terrorist group on or about Oct. 22, 2014, the day that Cirillo was murdered by a man who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State and just two days after another follower fatally ran down Canadian Forces Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

Speaking outside a downtown courthouse after Hakimzadah’s 2017 arrest, Gupta told reporters her client was “kind of shocked by these charges.

“He’s upset,” Gupta told Global News after her client appeared briefly in April 2017. “They’re serious charges.”

Hakimzadah’s plan was foiled when a Turkish cabbie suspected “he was trying to join ISIS and turned him over to the police,” court heard on Feb. 1 when he pleaded guilty to those serious charges.

Turkish authorities deported him back to Canada on Nov. 19, 2014 and banned him from entering Turkey for one year. After he returned from Turkey, the young man “privately admitted that he left Canada for the purposes of contributing to the fight for Allah but authorities caught and detained him,” court heard on Feb. 1.





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Post by Forwardy on Mon 11 Feb 2019, 9:36 am

Canadian militant says ISIS foreign fighters 'hung out to dry'



Mohammad Ali is pleading for help from the Canadian government
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Mohammad Ali, a 28-year-old Canadian jihadist captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), speaks at a detention centre in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on February 10, 2019. AFP



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February 11, 2019


A Canadian militant detained in Syria on Sunday said he has been "hung out to dry" by ISIS like other foreign fighters and appealed to his government for help.

Mohammad Ali, 28, was captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) some nine months ago while trying to flee north into Turkey with his Canadian wife and two children.

He was interviewed at a detention centre in the northeastern city of Hasakeh in the presence of two members of the SDF, who are holding hundreds of foreign militants.

Ali, who joined ISIS in 2014 under the nom de guerre Abu Turab Al Kanadi, said he had been interrogated by the American FBI, CIA and US defence officials, but never visited by a Canadian official.

"Every time I get taken for an interrogation or an interview, I'm hoping it's with someone from the Canadian government, someone that can clarify my situation and give me a bit of hope."

"Up until now, nothing," he said. "I have nowhere else to go... How can they leave me sitting here like this in limbo?"

The Kurdish administration in northeastern Syria wants to send the prisoners back for trial, but governments in their countries of origin are often reluctant.

Canada's foreign ministry said it had opened a communication channel with Kurdish authorities but that there was no agreement on repatriation.

The Families Against Violent Extremism (FAVE) non-profit said it knew of 25 Canadians held by the SDF.


Ali was dressed in a grey robe, matching cap and tattered black sandals.

He repeatedly said he was "exhausted" and often paused for long periods before mumbling an answer.

Like many other captured accused ISIS members, he said he joined the group to fight President Bashar Al Assad's government.

He first worked in ISIS's lucrative oil ministry for four months because of his previous experience in Canada as an oil worker.

During that time, he used a prominent Twitter account to call on others to join the militants, but said he was never part of ISIS's formal media apparatus.

He spent the following three years as a fighter and trainer, but said he always refused to shoot civilians.

"That's not why I came here," he said.

Ali said he began doubting his decision to join ISIS in late 2016, as the militants began to lose territory and turn against foreigners, including a Dutch friend of his who was executed by the group.

"The foreigners feel they were left out, hung out to dry, they've been used and abused," he said.

He paid a smuggler to take his Canadian wife, who he met under ISIS in Syria, and their two young girls north from Deir Ezzor province to the Turkish border.

Ali said he was planning to go to the Canadian embassy in Ankara but was caught by the SDF before crossing into Turkey.

He said he has been unable to speak to his wife or daughters, or his family in Canada, since being detained.

"All I think about is my wife and kids," he said.

Hundreds of ISIS-affiliated men, women and children have streamed out of the group's shrinking pocket in east Syria in the past two months, but journalists and advocates have limited access to them.

Ali said he was not aware of any SDF legal proceedings against him.

Asked what kind of future he was most afraid of, he said he feared being handed over to Syrian regime forces.

He is resigned to serving jail time at home but insisted he should not be considered in the same category as accused British ISIS executioners Alexanda Amon Kotey and El Shafee El Sheikh, also held by the SDF.

"Now the foreigners are trying to leave, trying to get back home," Ali told AFP.

"But a lot of the Syrians and the Iraqis, they're just melting back into the population, holding down for a while, and when things start again, they will rise back up.

"It doesn't really take a genius to figure this out. They have pockets in the desert, they have people intermingling with the population, acting as civilians, just biding their time."





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Post by Cool~Way on Mon 11 Feb 2019, 1:45 pm

Canadians surrender to Kurdish forces in Syria

By Terry Haig | english@rcinet.ca
Monday 11 February, 2019



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Conflict between between Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and ISIS militants has prompted civilizans to flee Baghouz. They include two Canadian women (not pictured) in the front-line Syrian village surrendered to U.S.-backed forces. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)








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Post by LeiaRC5 on Mon 11 Feb 2019, 7:45 pm

Forwardy wrote:
Canadian militant says ISIS foreign fighters 'hung out to dry'



Mohammad Ali is pleading for help from the Canadian government
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Mohammad Ali, a 28-year-old Canadian jihadist captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), speaks at a detention centre in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on February 10, 2019. AFP



Agence France-Presse
February 11, 2019


A Canadian militant detained in Syria on Sunday said he has been "hung out to dry" by ISIS like other foreign fighters and appealed to his government for help.

Mohammad Ali, 28, was captured by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) some nine months ago while trying to flee north into Turkey with his Canadian wife and two children.

He was interviewed at a detention centre in the northeastern city of Hasakeh in the presence of two members of the SDF, who are holding hundreds of foreign militants.

Ali, who joined ISIS in 2014 under the nom de guerre Abu Turab Al Kanadi, said he had been interrogated by the American FBI, CIA and US defence officials, but never visited by a Canadian official.

"Every time I get taken for an interrogation or an interview, I'm hoping it's with someone from the Canadian government, someone that can clarify my situation and give me a bit of hope."

"Up until now, nothing," he said. "I have nowhere else to go... How can they leave me sitting here like this in limbo?"

The Kurdish administration in northeastern Syria wants to send the prisoners back for trial, but governments in their countries of origin are often reluctant.

Canada's foreign ministry said it had opened a communication channel with Kurdish authorities but that there was no agreement on repatriation.

The Families Against Violent Extremism (FAVE) non-profit said it knew of 25 Canadians held by the SDF.


Ali was dressed in a grey robe, matching cap and tattered black sandals.

He repeatedly said he was "exhausted" and often paused for long periods before mumbling an answer.

Like many other captured accused ISIS members, he said he joined the group to fight President Bashar Al Assad's government.

He first worked in ISIS's lucrative oil ministry for four months because of his previous experience in Canada as an oil worker.

During that time, he used a prominent Twitter account to call on others to join the militants, but said he was never part of ISIS's formal media apparatus.

He spent the following three years as a fighter and trainer, but said he always refused to shoot civilians.

"That's not why I came here," he said.

Ali said he began doubting his decision to join ISIS in late 2016, as the militants began to lose territory and turn against foreigners, including a Dutch friend of his who was executed by the group.

"The foreigners feel they were left out, hung out to dry, they've been used and abused," he said.

He paid a smuggler to take his Canadian wife, who he met under ISIS in Syria, and their two young girls north from Deir Ezzor province to the Turkish border.

Ali said he was planning to go to the Canadian embassy in Ankara but was caught by the SDF before crossing into Turkey.

He said he has been unable to speak to his wife or daughters, or his family in Canada, since being detained.

"All I think about is my wife and kids," he said.

Hundreds of ISIS-affiliated men, women and children have streamed out of the group's shrinking pocket in east Syria in the past two months, but journalists and advocates have limited access to them.

Ali said he was not aware of any SDF legal proceedings against him.

Asked what kind of future he was most afraid of, he said he feared being handed over to Syrian regime forces.

He is resigned to serving jail time at home but insisted he should not be considered in the same category as accused British ISIS executioners Alexanda Amon Kotey and El Shafee El Sheikh, also held by the SDF.

"Now the foreigners are trying to leave, trying to get back home," Ali told AFP.

"But a lot of the Syrians and the Iraqis, they're just melting back into the population, holding down for a while, and when things start again, they will rise back up.

"It doesn't really take a genius to figure this out. They have pockets in the desert, they have people intermingling with the population, acting as civilians, just biding their time."







Would it be possible this Mohammad Ali guy is counting on The World’s Dumbest “Leader”?

The World’s Dumbest “Leader”


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Post by Garrison on Tue 12 Feb 2019, 10:32 am

'I broke no laws there': Canadian ISIS fighter wants help to return home


CTVNews.ca Staff, with a report from CTV Montreal's Vanessa Lee
Published Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:53AM EST


An Ontario man who spent four years fighting for ISIS and used social media to recruit others now wants to return home with the help of the Canadian government.

Canadian Mohammed Ali says the Islamic State terror group is abandoning its foreign militants as it continues losing ground against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters.

The 28-year-old says he, his Canadian wife and their two children have been "hung out to dry" and that it is no longer safe for them in Syria.


"Why shouldn't I be able to go home? I've done nothing in Canada. I've broken no laws there at all," said Ali in an interview.

Ali and his family attempted to flee to Turkey after he was cast out of the terror group, but were captured by coalition-led forces. They have been detained in a Syrian prison for the past nine months.

Ali fears the Islamic State militants still have sleeper cells and that members are hiding out until U.S. forces withdraw from the war zone.

"They have pockets in the desert; they've got people intermingling with the population, acting as civilians -- just biding their time," said Ali.

But he isn't the only Canadian in Syria asking for help.

On Sunday, two Canadian women fled one of ISIS' last remaining strongholds and surrendered to coalition forces, according to a report from CNN. The two women, who spoke fluent English, said they were from Toronto and Alberta and travelled to Syria at their husbands' insistence.

Non-profit group Families Against Violent Extremism, which says there are currently 27 Canadians detained in Syria, is lobbying for their return. The group says more than half of those detained are children under the age of five.

Global Affairs Canada previously confirmed that it is aware of Canadian citizens being detained in Syria, but said the government only has minimal means to provide aid.

"Given the security situation on the ground, the Government of Canada's ability to provide consular assistance in any part of Syria is extremely limited," Global Affairs spokesperson Richard Walker said in a statement to CTV News.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told CTV Montreal's Vanessa Lee that repatriating foreign fighters and their families is not a priority. He added that Canada will not put its diplomatic officers at risk in a "dangerous and dysfunctional" part of the world.










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Post by Seawolf on Fri 15 Feb 2019, 8:31 am

What to do with suspected Canadian ISIS fighters and their families detained in Syria?

Diana Swain · CBC News · Posted: Feb 15, 2019

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Post by SniperGod on Sat 16 Feb 2019, 12:11 pm

February 16, 2019

Canadian captured in Syria admits to role in gruesome ISIS execution videos

By Stewart Bell
National Online Journalist, Investigative Global News





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Post by Matrix on Sat 16 Feb 2019, 2:12 pm

Liberal bill removes "advocating terrorism offences" from Criminal Code

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Post by Viper on Sun 17 Feb 2019, 7:24 pm

February 17, 2019

British ISIS bride, 19, has baby in Syria: family

By Sylvia Hui The Associated Press





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Post by Pengo93 on Mon 18 Feb 2019, 8:42 am

US woman 'deeply regrets' joining ISIL, wants to return home

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Hoda Muthana is the only US citizen among an estimated 1,500 foreign women and children at the al-Hawl refugee camp




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Post by Pengo93 on Mon 18 Feb 2019, 8:57 am

Canadian 'ISIS bride' in Syria: 'I should be allowed to go home'


CTVNews.ca Staff, with a report from London Bureau Chief Paul Workman in eastern Syria
Published Sunday, February 17, 2019





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Post by Cool~Way on Tue 19 Feb 2019, 7:41 am

Canadian trapped in Syria after fall of ISIS wants 'second chance,' misses home


Published Monday, February 18, 2019




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Post by Gridlock on Tue 19 Feb 2019, 5:51 pm

ISIL war brides: Will Canada take back its citizens who went to live under the caliphate?

Feb 19, 2019

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In this file photo taken on Feb. 22, 2015 Renu Begum, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London.





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