A Canadian captured in Syria was the commander of more than a dozen ISIS fighters who clashed with U.S.-backed forces in the last remaining ISIS enclave, according to a local official.
Though he was not carrying any I.D., Mohammad Abdullah Mohammed, age 31, told interrogators he was a Canadian citizen of Ethiopian origin, and a former student at Toronto’s Seneca College.
Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and a handgun when he was detained on Sunday by the Syrian Democratic Forces.
While under questioning, he claims to have joined ISIS over the internet and left Ontario in 2013. He says his intention was to spread the Islamic faith across the world.
This is a part of a sad, and ever-growing trend throughout Canada. Citizens of our nation leaving to fight with ISIS jihadists. Our government is aware of the problem, but unfortunately, our government also does not have a quick and easy solution.
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Kurdish forces have occasionally misidentified the nationality of captured fighters but terrorism researcher Prof. Amarnath Amarasingam said he had learned independently that Mohammed was from Toronto.
Including Mohammed, Global News has identified four Canadian men, three women who had married ISIS foreign fighters and seven children who are being held. But an organization representing families of those in custody said it was aware of 21, mostly children.
The worrying trend continues on without a clear solution from our government. The discussion will continue on as to what should be done about Canadian ISIS fighters, especially those who attempt to return, but the problem is fiercely evident, and does not appear to be going away.
The government of Canada has said it’s difficult to gather evidence to prosecute Canadians who have joined ISIS or engaged in other terrorist activities abroad. Some lawmakers have criticized our current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government, saying they are responsible for failing to effectively handle the return or ISIS members.
“Simply put, when Canadians choose to go abroad to join extremist organizations, such as ISIS, they need to know that they will be held accountable for their actions,” said Conservative Party MP James Bezan.
“Right now, Trudeau has essentially told all Canadian-ISIS terrorists: it’s okay to do this because his Liberal government won’t try to prosecute you when you come back to Canada.”
Bezan, who serves as the Shadow Minister for National Defense, said his party believes “that those who join terrorist groups and participate in terrorist activities should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
The MP shows that Ottawa should use its resources to focus on arresting returning foreign fighters instead of the current administration’s “misguided attempts at reintegration programs.”
“Our laws have existing tools that can and should be used to restrict the movement and ensure ongoing surveillance of known terrorists,” Bezan added.
He also suggested that “Canadians who have committed acts of terrorism in foreign states should be prosecuted where those crimes were committed.”
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