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Suicide bomber had Calgary roots

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Business analyst lost all contact with previous life

By Stewart Bell, National Post June 5, 2014

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Salman Ashrafi was a member of al-Qaida splinter group ISIS and had ties to Calgary.
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A suicide bomber who attacked an Iraqi army base last November was a Calgary business analyst who disappeared after his wife divorced him, friends said Wednesday amid rising concerns about the flow of Canadians to overseas terror groups.

Those who knew Salman Ashrafiin Calgary said they had lost all contact with him after he left Canada in late 2012. And now they know why: He apparently died seven months ago after detonating a car bomb north of Baghdad.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria posted his photo online in March, calling him Abu Abdullah Al Khorasani, but a Calgary Muslim community leader said the man was Ashrafi, a privileged Pakistani-Canadian.

“He seemed like a regular guy and he was one of those guys that actually had a career, had a wife,” the man said.

A University of Lethbridge graduate, he had worked for Talisman Energy and Exxon. Read the rest of this entry »

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U.S. reservist arrested after allegedly trying to enter Canada on his way to Syria to join Al-Qaeda-linked group

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In this file photo, cars line up to pass through the U.S. Customs station at Blaine, Washington to Canada on Dec. 20, 1999.

A U.S. National Guard reservist has been arrested on a Greyhound bus as he was trying to cross into Canada with the alleged intention of travelling to Syria to join an armed faction linked to Al-Qaeda.Nicholas Teausant, 20, was taken into custody at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday by U.S. Customs agents in Blaine, Wash. The California resident was allegedly on his way to Vancouver International airport.According to the FBI, he had repeatedly expressed his desire to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, or ISIS, an extremist group fighting to overthrown Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Read the rest of this entry »

UK lifts sanctions on Al Qaeda henchman

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September 10, 2013

The British have removed Mohammed Daki—who is the former roommate of a 9/11 planner, a convicted forgery expert, and a recruiter for the Iraq insurgency—from their list of sanctioned terrorists.  Mr. Watchlist notes that the decision follows similar de-listings of Daki in August by the United Nations, Australia, and Canada.

As is usual in such cases, no explanation for the removal has been provided, but the move is clearly the result of yet another cryptic recommendation made by a UN ombudsman.  Like instances covered by Money Jihad here, here, here, and here, the ombudsman makes confidential reports for removal with no opportunity for public hearings, public comment, or testimony from Al Qaeda’s victims or their families.  The decisions are made in closed-door meetings between the ombudsman and undisclosed parties.  There are no apparent disclosure requirements on who may be lobbying the ombudsman, such as wealthy Saudis and their lawyers.

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Operation White North: Anonymous Demands Public Safety Minister Vic Toews Resign, E-Snooping Bill C-30 Scrapped

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Vikileaks has been shut down, but Public Safety Minister Vic Toews isn’t out of hot water yet.

Hacker group Anonymous has posted a video demanding the resignation of Toews and calling for the controversial online surveillance bill C-30 to be scrapped.

The video’s message targets Toews for reintroducing bill C-30 despite backlash from internet users and privacy advocates.

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Counter-terrorism campaign launched in London

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13 Feb 12

One phone call to the police could save lives: that’s the message of a new counter-terrorism publicity campaign launched today by the Metropolitan Police Service.

By Brian Sims

Everyone who works, lives and visits London has a role to play in helping to counter the terrorist threat which most certainly remains real and serious.

The police service fully understands that people may be reluctant to tell them about suspicious activity or behaviour, but they stress that all calls to the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline are taken by specially trained officers and that information is thoroughly analysed and researched before (and if) any action is taken.

No piece of information is considered too small or insignificant.

Now, the four-week campaign entitled: “It’s probably nothing, but …” consists of local newspaper adverts and one 40-second radio ad across London. Leaflets will also be distributed to 1.4 million households in the Capital.

Everyone must remain vigilant and aware

DAC Stuart Osborne, the senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism, said: “The terrorist threat to London, and the UK generally, remains real and serious so it’s vital that everyone continues to be vigilant and aware.”

He continued: “We at the Metropolitan Police Service have a key role to play in countering this threat, whether it’s from Al-Qaeda inspired groups or individuals or Irish Dissident Republican Groups, but we can only do this with the support of all our communities.”

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Understanding the dynamics of a ‘crime of honour’

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From Monday’s Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 3:00AM EST
Last updated Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 7:25AM EST

The murders of four women at the hands of their closest relatives may serve as a wakeup call for wider Canadian society to the social ills that those closer to traditionalist communities have long grappled with.

The convictions of Mohammad Shafia, his wife, Tooba Yahya, and his eldest son, Hamed, on Sunday followed a long trial in which evidence showed that teachers, police and social services saw repeated warning signs that the teenaged daughters of the family were at risk of life-threatening violence.

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Possible honor killing in Canada: Three Muslim sisters murdered; parents and brother arrested

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July 23, 2009

Rona Amir Mohammed’s sister, Diba Masoomi, said: “We are convinced that this is a crime of honour.” We learn here that “the teenage girls dressed in modern fashion,” which may have been part of the problem.

Pamela has been following this strange and terrible story very closely, and has photos and much more information here.

“Family held in canal deaths,” by Andrew Chung for the Toronto Star, July 23 (thanks to all who sent this in):

MONTREAL–Police are investigating the death of three sisters found in their car at the bottom of the Rideau Canal in Kingston three weeks ago as a possible “honour” killing. Read the rest of this entry »