Mohammed Khalifa, born in Saudi Arabia 39 years ago, pleaded guilty in December to
support for a terrorist criminal association that caused the death.
According to the indictment, he had left Canada in 2013 to join theIS
caliphate self-proclaimed established by the group between 2014 and 2019, straddling Iraq and Syria.
By 2014, he had become a
key member of the propaganda cell of the jihadist organization, in particular because of his mastery of English and Arabic.
This cell is at the origin of the videos of executions of foreign hostages, including American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, beheaded in 2014.
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He is also the alleged narrator of
recruitment videos illustrated by images of the organization’s attacks in France and Belgium, to encourage other candidates for jihad to take action.
In 2019, he was captured by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-dominated coalition.
In an interview with CBC 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 would not be judged there.
However, he had been entrusted in 2021 to the American authorities and transferred to the United States.