Canada’s growing role in global jihad
A policeman patrols with his dog near the Westgate Shopping Centre in Kenya's capital Nairobi September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
It’s official, Canada is now a major exporter of Islamic terrorism.
News came Wednesday that Ali Mohamed Dirie, a man convicted as part of the Toronto 18 terror plot, was killed fighting alongside jihadi rebels in Syria. In 2009, Dirie was sentenced to seven years for his part in a plot to attack targets in Canada, including Parliament and Toronto’s financial district, but was released just two years later after getting credit for time served awaiting trial.
Despite the serious nature of the charges against him and a Parole Board report that said he showed “no remorse, empathy or concern for the innocent people who were to be targeted by the terrorist attacks/plans,” Dirie was set free with no conditions. That he went on to join the global jihad in Syria should surprise no one.
The news comes at the same time as federal officials look into claims a Canadian was part of last weekend’s attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya. That attack saw Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab storm the mall, killing dozens of innocent civilians.
As part of the attack, the terrorists reportedly told all Muslims to leave and shoppers attempting to flee were asked the name of Mohammed’s mother; if they couldn’t answer, the shoppers were shot.
While it has not been confirmed, a list of those involved posted online alleges a 24-year-old Ontario man named Abdirizak Mouled took part alongside several Americans and Brits.
If that report is true, then a Canadian had a hand in killing two of his countrymen, Annemarie Desloges of Ottawa and Naguib Damji of Vancouver who died in the attack simply for being the wrong religion.
Welcome to the jihad.
We can add the names Xris Katsiroubas and Ali Medlej to the list of terror exports. Katsiroubas and Medlej were high school friends from London, Ont., who were drawn to Islam and the jihad and ended up dying in an attack on a gas plant in Algeria last January. A report on the incident stated plainly that a Canadian was a clear leader of the attack that saw 40 gas plant workers and 29 terrorists die.
Another Canadian, 25-year-old Hassan El Hajj Hassan, has been named as one of two people behind a bus bombing targeting Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year.
Rudwan Khalil Abubaker and William Plotnikov are just two of the Canadians who have been killed while fighting for the jihadi cause in Chechnya.
The list of Canadians fighting for the cause of Islamic jihad overseas could go on and on. I haven’t even touched on those facing charges or convicted of plots in Canada alone.
Then there is Canada’s role in financing terrorism.
Last week, Canada Revenue Agency revoked the charitable status of the Islamic Society of North America Development Foundation over concerns that money raised in Canada had been sent to terrorist causes in Pakistan. Last year the taxman yanked the charitable status of IRFAN-Canada (International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy) after audits revealed nearly $15 million from Canada was diverted to the terrorist group Hamas.
These case likely only scratch the surface.
My friend Tarek Fatah pointed earlier this week to attacks in the Philippines, Kenya, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria to say the jihadis have declared war on the world.
I think he’s right.
Fatah’s solution is to call on every Muslim group in Canada to denounce the doctrine of armed jihad; if they won’t, the groups should be treated persona non-grata.
Given Canada’s expanding role in the global jihad, I’d say this is a good first step but only a first step.