Canada – Self-Confessed ISIS Recruit Reportedly Living In Toronto. Did I Mention He Is A Murderer?

Tories want action against self-confessed ISIS recruit reportedly living in Toronto

Goodale fielded questions from the Conservatives in the House of Commons about the former ISIS member, who goes by the jihadi nom de guerre Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi (Abu Huzaifa the Canadian), after he gave a detailed account of firing a bullet into the back of a man’s head in a New York Times podcast.

Canadians can be very assured that the government of Canada, the security agencies and police agencies of the government of Canada are making sure that they know all the facts that they need to know and they are taking all of the measures that are necessary to keep Canadians safe, Goodale said in response to opposition questions in the Commons.

CBC News has reported Abu Huzaifa was questioned extensively by RCMP and CSIS, but has not been charged.

In a New York Times audio series called “Caliphate,” Abu Huzaifa confesses to taking part in the communal, execution-style killing of Sunni Muslim men. The middle-aged men — blindfolded and with their arms tied — were killed because they had offered resistance to ISIS, he said.

Slowly you can do this, you are killing him for a reason, youre justified, you can do this, youre not going to be held accountable, they put themselves in this situation, they killed themselves, and you kind of have to just close your eyes and do it, you just shoot, Hosefa said as he finished describing the scene.

“At first you have to bring yourself to do it. You say, ‘OK I’m finally killing someone now.’ This is maybe the next step to being a front-line fighter, and I already had some goals of being a front-line fighter.”

Hosefa provided the details to New York Times journalist Rumini Callimachi, famous for the stories she wrote based on thousands of pages of ISIS documents she recovered as the Islamic State fighters retreated last year.

Before firing the fatal shot into the back of the man’s head, Abu Huzaifa said he told himself it was justified — that “you can do it and you won’t be held accountable.

Hosefa also told Callimachi of whipping people, part of his police training job, who were found guilty of hiding weapons or alcohol or of adultery. The belt used for the whippings had metal studs sticking out.

Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen demanded to know what the Liberal government and the authorities are doing about Abu Huzaifa and other ISIS fighters who have returned to Canada.

The federal government has established a centre to fund research and programs to stop radicalization and help people leave extremist groups, although the Conservatives have scorned its efforts as little more than poetry lessons for terrorists.

“This guy is apparently in Toronto. Canadians deserve more answers from this government. Why aren’t they doing something about this despicable animal that’s walking around the country?” she said.

Goodale said Canadians can be “very assured” that CSIS, the RCMP and other security and police agencies are doing their job.

“The security and police agencies of this country do an extraordinary job in identifying individuals that pose a risk to the public and taking the appropriate action to make sure that Canadians are safe.”

“The security agencies and police agencies of the government of Canada are making sure that they know all of the facts that they need to know. And that they are taking all of the measures that are necessary to keep Canadians safe,” he said.

OTTAWA — Conservative MPs say the government should be going after a Canadian who told a New York Times podcast that he shot people in the head as an executioner for Islamic State militants in Syria.

“The last thing that would ensure the safety of Canadians is to have a play-by-play commentary on security operations on the floor of the House of Commons.”

Conservative MPs say the government should be going after a Canadian who told a New York Times podcast that he shot people in the head as an executioner for Islamic State militants in Syria.

In the New York Times podcast, Abu Huzaifa said after the mass execution he tried to look only at the man’s feet — but “peeked.” The executioners then piled up the row of dead bodies.

OTTAWA—Conservative MPs are calling for action against a Canadian-born, self-described terror recruit reportedly living in Toronto, but Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says he can’t comment on the case for security reasons.

Abu Huzaifa recounted how he could not get the smell of blood off his hands and felt sick for the rest of the day.

OTTAWA—Conservative MPs are calling for action against a Canadian-born, self-described terror recruit reportedly living in Toronto, but Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says he can’t comment on the case for security reasons.

He also described how ISIS conducts training — using mannequins to teach recruits to stab and shoot — and the tactics used to desensitize them to violence.

A Canadian who calls himself Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi appeared on a recent New York Times podcast, describing how he executed people while working with Daesh (also known as Islamic State or ISIS) militants in Syria.

Abu Huzaifa describes growing up in a normal family of Pakistani immigrants who were Muslim but not “particularly religious.” He details how he was drawn in through online chat groups and recruited because he “always wanted something bigger, not something simple or boring.”

A Canadian who calls himself Abu Huzaifa al-Kanadi appeared on a recent New York Times podcast, describing how he executed people while working with Daesh (also known as Islamic State or ISIS) militants in Syria.

Last year, Abu Huzaifa told CBC News he left Toronto in 2014 to join the extremist group when he was 17 going on 18.

Five months after serving as an ISIS enforcer in the Syrian city of Manbij, Abu Huzaifa said, he realized it wasn’t what he had signed up for and decided to flee for home.

The podcast, Caliphate, hosted by reporter Rukmini Callimachi, traces the rise of ISIS and what drew people from around the world to its ranks. The first few episodes focus on a young Canadian-Pakistani man referred to only by his nom de guerre Abu Huzaifa, whose whereabouts are not revealed. He claims to have served in ISIS morality police unit in Syria for six months and carried lashings against people who violated their interpretation of sharia law.

He told CBC he had witnessed violence on a scale he never could have imagined — including public lashings, beheadings and crucifixions — but said at the time he had never harmed anyone.

He would only agree to speak to the CBC on the condition that his real name and identity not be revealed. Afraid for his life, he said he suffered from nightmares and was waking up in a cold sweat at least three times a week.

Speaking after the daily question period, Bergen said the government must send a strong message that it will hold ISIS fighters to account instead of welcoming them home to Canada without consequences.

She said Abu Huzaifa should be in jail rather than walking free, noting that it is a crime to leave Canada for the purpose of engaging in terrorist activity. “He should be arrested today. He should not be in the streets of Toronto. If he can be speaking to the media, he can then be identified by the government, by the police, and he can be arrested,” she said.

“How can anybody tell these kinds of things, talk about these kinds of things, and the government just shrugs its shoulders and says no, we can’t do anything about it?”

The federal government has established a centre to fund research and programs to stop radicalization and help people leave extremist groups, although the Conservatives have scorned its efforts as little more than poetry lessons for terrorists.

Former CSIS director Ward Elcock said a confession on a podcast is not enough for police to lay a charge; they still have to conduct a thorough investigation to establish that a crime was actually committed, and to gather evidence to prove the person who confessed actually did it.

OTTAWA — Conservative MPs say the government should be going after a Canadian who told a New York Times podcast that he shot people in the head as an executioner for Islamic State militants in Syria.

And when the crime in question is a homicide alleged to have taken place years ago in Syria, he said, it can be “enormously difficult” to build a case.

“The security and police agencies of this country do an extraordinary job in identifying individuals that pose a risk to the public and taking the appropriate action to make sure that Canadians are safe.”

Elcock said it’s possible police already have an investigation open on Abu Huzaifa, and he may be under surveillance if authorities believe he is a security risk.

“I am charged with the responsibility of keeping Canadians safe,” he said. “Discussing operational matters on the floor of the House of Commons is exactly the opposite of keeping Canadians safe.”

“At the end of the day, the question is, is he a threat or not? The service will be trying to identify that,” he said.

In question period on Friday, Conservatives demanded government action, but Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale was cautious, saying he couldnt comment because of security concerns.

“If there’s a law enforcement investigation, at some point they might announce he’s being charged. If they don’t have enough evidence, they won’t.”

Elcock said he can’t explain Abu Huzaifa’s motivation for speaking out now, adding some people confess to crimes they didn’t commit — and even come to believe they did commit them.

“Generally, only in the event that an investigation results in the laying of criminal charges would the RCMP confirm its investigation, the nature of any charges laid and the identity of the individual(s) involved,” said spokeswoman Sgt. Tania Vaughan.

OTTAWA (NEWS1130) – The federal opposition is calling on the Trudeau government and police to arrest a former ISIS fighting who has reportedly returned to Canada after he told the New York Times he committed an execution on behalf of the terrorist group.

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“I don’t comment on any operational detail,” he said, adding law enforcement agencies are doing their jobs. “(They are) taking all of the measures that are necessary to keep Canadians safe.” – Canadiannews.org
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Kick him out of the country or throw him in prison.  I don’t see an upside having a murderer running around free in this country.
Syrian lives matter….don’t they?  Send him back to Syria. Turn him over to the Syrian authorities.  Let him rot in a Syrian prison.
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