A Canadian man has been accused with assisting ISIS and acting as the “voice behind the bloodshed.”
On Saturday, federal prosecutors unveiled allegations against a man accused of fighting for ISIS and helping the terrorist organisation recruit new members.
According to a criminal complaint unsealed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Mohammed Khalifa, 38, a Saudi-born Canadian citizen, was charged with conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization resulting in murder. He could face a sentence of up to life in jail if convicted.
Khalifa was seized overseas in January 2019 by Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-allied force embroiled in the country’s ongoing civil war. He was recently handed over to the FBI.
He purportedly served in senior positions within ISIS from 2013 till his arrest in 2019. According to the Justice Department statement, these positions included serving as an ISIS warrior and as the English-speaking narrator of many brutal recruitment videos within the ISIS Media Bureau.
Recruits who are unable to leave their home countries are encouraged to join ISIS and carry out strikes at home, according to a series of recruitment films supposedly narrated by Khalifa. The film features footage from ISIS attacks throughout Europe, including Paris, Brussels, and Nice, France. During the June 12, 2016 terrorist incident in Orlando, Fla., one of the films includes an audio recording of Omar Mateen, the Pulse Nightclub gunman, proclaiming his loyalty to ISIS.
According to the lawsuit, Khalifa assisted in the translation and narration of around 15 ISIS films, including “Flames of War: Fighting Has Just Begun” in 2014 and “Flames of War II: Until the Final Hour” in 2017. The two videos are regarded as some of the group’s most powerful propaganda. These two movies were purportedly used to advocate violence against Americans and people from other countries.
According to an FBI document, the ISIS Media Bureau also disseminated photographs portraying the murders of James Foley and Steven Sotloff, two American journalists who were kidnapped while Khalifa was working with the group. Other films depicted the assassinations of US charity worker Peter Kassig and two Japanese citizens.
In a statement, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Raj Parek said, “Mohammed Khalifa not only fought for ISIS on the battlefield in Syria, but he was also the voice behind the violence.” “Through his ostensible leadership… Article Summary from Nokia News