An Islamic State-linked media outlet confirmed one of their fighters captured in Syria is a Canadian man who “waged jihad with his voice and weapon” as the narrator of the terror group’s news and propaganda.
A poster praising the man as a “hero,” was published Sunday by the Al-Muhajireen Foundation, an outlet with known links to ISIL, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which monitors terrorist communications.
The notice features a photograph identical to a man who identified himself as Mohammad Abdullah Mohammad, a Canadian from Toronto who was captured on Jan. 13, during a firefight with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-supported coalition of militias.
At the time, the SDF released a video of their captive speaking in fluent English about his time with the Islamic State, also known as ISIL and ISIS. In it, he says he came from Canada in 2013.
A man caught fighting with the Islamic State during a firefight with the Kurdish forces in eastern Syria Sunday says he’s a Canadian from Toronto named Mohammad Abdullah Mohammad.
On Wednesday, the Kurdish forces released a video of him speaking in English about his time with the Islamic State, also known as ISIL and ISIS.
He is alleged to have been the masked host — and an apparent gunman — in a notorious ISIL execution video, as well as the narrator of the terror group’s claims of responsibility for several deadly terror attacks in the West.
Amarnath Amarasingam, a university researcher who studies Western foreign fighters, was the first to reveal the captured former Seneca College student from Toronto is believed to be the fighter known as Abu Ridwan Al-Kanadi, the voice behind some of ISIL’s most notorious propaganda.
On Sunday, ISIL appeared to confirm that.
Al-Muhajireen announced that Kurdish forces had arrested an ISIL media operative, a Canadian nicknamed Abu Ridwan Al-Kanadi.
He had been the one to “translate and read the productions and news reports of the Islamic State in the English language,” according to a translation of the Arabic notice by MEMRI.
Frame grabs from a notorious Islamic State propaganda video distributed in 2014 which features an English-speaking, masked ISIL soldier narrating and apparently participating in a mass execution of prisoners in Syria. A terrorism expert alleges the man is Mohammed Abdullah Mohammed, a Toronto man captured Sunday by Kurdish forces.
“This hero did not surrender, did not flee, and did not deliver himself to the (Kurdish) militias, nor did he …read more