“In terms of actually being a part of the Islamic State, I don’t regret that. The fact that I’m a prisoner doesn’t mean that I change my beliefs. It doesn’t mean that I change my position with regards to my religion, with regards to the Sharia.”
Canadian authorities would be fools to let him back in, as he would just work for Sharia, at very least, in Canada. But they are fools, so they probably will let him back in.
Before he was captured by Syrian Kurdish forces in February, Canadian Mohammed Khalifa went from being a cog in the ranks of ISIS to its English language voice.
Khalifa, 35, who goes by his ISIS nom de guerre Abu Ridwan, says he would like to return to Canada provided he can bring his non-Canadian wife and their three children.
“This area is no doubt a dangerous area. I’d want to take my family out of there,” Abu Ridwan toldThe [sic] Fifth Estatein [sic] an interview from a prison in northern Syria.
But if his return means he will likely face justice in a Canadian court, Abu Ridwan said he would rather remain locked up where he is.
“In terms of going back to be judged, then no.”…
For Abu Ridwan, the desire to live in an Islamic state took him out of Canada six years ago. In the summer of 2013, Abu Ridwan had graduated from Toronto’s Seneca College and had a job with a tech company when he decided to leave it all behind to be a part of the emerging Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
“I was happy coming to a place where we have an Islamic state and we could live in an Islamic state and implement the Sharia law. I was content with what I had and the life I was living.”
Within a few months, he had joined the ranks of ISIS and pledged his allegiance to its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi….
Abu Ridwan toldThe [sic] Fifth Estatethat [sic] after spending months translating and reading ISIS news items, he was given a script for a propaganda video by ISIS commanders in September 2014.
“They said we want you to read this and so I recorded it, and they took it and they asked for some changes. I rerecorded some parts, and that was it,” Abu Ridwan said.
But when ISIS released thatFlames [sic] of Warvideo on social media platforms, the threats it contained against Western countries caused a panic among security agencies in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Terrorism researcher Amarnath Amarasingam has interviewed more than 50 Canadian foreign fighters and describesFlames [sic] of Waras [sic] ISIS’s stamp on how it wanted the world to perceive it.
“The video was horrific. It showed a series of executions and set the stage of what we knew of ISIS going forward in terms of its brutality and its perverse creativity in how it chose to execute so-called spies and people that it considered to be enemies of the state,” said Amarasingam, an assistant professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont….
Abu Ridwan toldThe [sic] Fifth Estatethat [sic] his role in theFlames [sic] of Warwas [sic] limited to narrating the video and that he did not participate in any executions.
But intelligence analyst Jeff Weyers believes Abu Ridwan might be the masked executioner in the video.
A masked man can be seen presiding over Syrian soldiers digging their own graves before being shot in the back of the head, their bodies tumbling into the freshly dug graves.
Weyers suspects that Abu Ridwan is diminishing his role to avoid prosecution for mass murder.
“A lot of the Western fighters are trying to diminish their responsibility — I am a chef, I am a cook, I am a driver. Well, there are a lot of chefs, cooks and drivers right now and not a whole lot of fighters that helped the Islamic State take over all this territory,” Weyers said….
“In terms of actually being a part of the Islamic State, I don’t regret that,” said Abu Ridwan.
“The fact that I’m a prisoner doesn’t mean that I change my beliefs. It doesn’t mean that I change my position with regards to my religion, with regards to the Sharia.”…