US Charges Canadian Man Who Narrated ISIS Video

The United States Department of Justice announced Saturday that a Canadian jihadist who joined ISIS and narrated violent propaganda videos has been arrested and charged in the United States.

Mohammed Khalifa, who was born in Saudi Arabia, was arrested in a shootout in January 2019 by Kurdish -dominated Syrian forces allied with the US.

The 38-year-old was handed over to US authorities “recently.”

The US department said in a statement that in Virginia, he was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS that resulted in his death, the Justice Department statement said.

Khalifa left Canada in 2013 to join ISIS in Syria. According to the statement, a year later he became an important member of the propaganda team because he was fluent in both English and Arabic.

He is accused of being the main translator in ISIS propaganda productions and as the English narrator in two violent recruitment videos.

His group is behind videos showing the beheadings of foreign nationals, including US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, who died in 2014.

He faces a possible life sentence in the US.

Canada hopes to indict him, according to media there. The Canadian government said it was in contact with local authorities on the matter and its federal police were aware “that he would face charges” in the US. [vm/ft]

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