Mohammed Khalifa, 38, admitted to having
provided material support to an association of terrorist criminals who caused death and will be fixed on his sentence on April 15, 2022, the department said in a press release.
He is punishable by imprisonment for life.
Captured in 2019, released to the Americans in 2021
The Canadian, born in Saudi Arabia, was captured in action in January 2019 by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition dominated by the Kurds and supported by Washington. It was entrusted in 2021 to the American authorities.
According to the indictment released on October 2, he left Canada in 2013 to join ISIS in Syria. He had quickly gained status within the
caliphate self-proclaimed created by the group between 2014 and 2019, straddling Iraq and Syria.
By 2014, he had become a
key member of the propaganda unit of the jihadist organization, in particular because of his command of English and Arabic.
This cell is notably at the origin of videos of executions of foreign hostages including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, beheaded in 2014.
Mohammed Khalifa was personally the
Voice off in English of several videos
extremely violent IS propaganda, including two titled Flames of war, the first dating from 2014 and the second from 2017 in which we see him executing Syrian soldiers, can we read on this document.
He is also the alleged narrator of
recruitment videos illustrated by images of the attacks of the organization in France and Belgium, to encourage other candidates for jihad to take action.
In an interview with the CBC channel carried out in 2019 from his Syrian prison, Mohammed Khalifa, alias Abou Ridouane Al-Kanadi, showed no regret for his actions. He said he wanted to return to Canada with his wife and their three children, but on condition that he was not tried there.