Terrorism & Radicalization

Proud Boys Canada dissolved

Having been officially designed a terrorist entity, right-wing Proud Boys Canada has dissolved while continuing to reject the government’s characterization. The decision was announced by its U.S. parent organization. [node:read-more:link]

Islamic State problem for Ottawa

Washington-based Human Rights Watch is accusing Canada of flouting its international obligations by failing to repatriate and provide adequate consular assistance to 47 citizens, including 26 children, detained in northeast Syria. The adults, linked to the Islamic State terrorist organization, are being held by Kurdish forces. The Canadian government said it will not put its personnel at risk to gather evidence and repatriate the combatants. [node:read-more:link]

Nationalist Party leader charged

An RCMP investigation has led to Travis Patron, the Saskatchewan-based leader of the Canadian Nationalist Party, being charged for promoting hatred through anti-Semitic postings on social media. “He's promoting some of the most vile and dangerous anti-Semitic tropes in history,” says Jaime Kirzner-Roberts, director of policy with the Toronto-based Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center. [node:read-more:link]

Canada adds to list of Terrorist Entities

The Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair, announced that 13 groups will be added to Canada’s list of Terrorist Entities. The new additions include 4 white supremacist groups, including the Canadian wing of Proud Boys, and 9 groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Being on the Criminal Code list allows the government to freezing assets and institute criminal sanctions on members. The Government is also working to add 4 "ideologically motivated violent extremist" organizations to the list. [node:read-more:link]

ISIS remains a viable threat

The head of U.S. Central Command, Gen Frank McKenzie, says that although the Islamic State is battered and scattered, the extremist group cannot be fully defeated until thousands of displace civilians in Iraq and Syria are dealt with. “The systemic indoctrination of … refugee camp populations who are hostage to the receipt of ISIS ideology is an alarming development with potentially generational implications,” he says, calling for a combined diplomatic, security and humanitarian organization solution. “If we don’t address this now, we’re never really going to defeat ISIS.” [node:read-more:link]

Dark Web a boon for criminals

The advent of the so-called Dark Web evidently is affording criminals more opportunities to conduct their activities in ways which are difficult for law enforcement to track, according to the Rand Corp. The U.S. think tank recently collaborated on a workshop which identified a number of ways to address the challenge. [node:read-more:link]

Canadian jihadi repatriation conditional

Mohammed Khalifa, a Canadian who left Canada in 2013 to become part of the emerging Islamic State in Syria and eventually became an ISIS spokesman. Captured by Kurdish forces earlier this year, he says he would like to return to Canada with his non-Canadian wife and three children. However, he says, if that means he would be tried in a Canadian court, he would rather remain in a Syrian prison. [node:read-more:link]

Syrian consul controversy

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has asked her officials to explain how an alleged Syrian government sympathizer has been appointed its honorary consul in Montreal. Freeland is reported to be “shocked” by public statements by Waseem Ramli, whose appointment was approved in August and who is in a position to influence the Syrian diaspora. [node:read-more:link]

Bin Laden Junior dead

Hamza Bin Laden, son of al-Qaeda founder Osama Bin Laden and an increasingly active player in global terrorism, has been killed in a U.S. operation. President Donald Trump confirmed his death but no details on where or when the operation occurred have been released. [node:read-more:link]

Protecting criminals trumps public safety

Canadians must be wondering if the courts share the interpretation that the law exists to protect public safety. An OpEd by Christie Blatchford details the recent Court of Appeal decision to overturn the conviction of two men found guilty of terrorism in 2015 (for a plot to attack Toronto-bound passenger train) and order a new trial over what the defence argued was improper jury selection. [node:read-more:link]

Vicious circle of threats expanding

Adm. Craig Faller, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, says there is growing urgency and complexity in the challenges facing the West. He says the “collective neighbourhood” is being attacked by a “vicious circle” of corruption, organized crime, violent extremism and foreign governments’ subversive activities.  [node:read-more:link]

Kirkuk: peacebuilding case study

The northern Iraq city of Kirkuk and the surrounding area has been the focus of conflict since the end of the Ottoman Empire a century ago, and tensions have increase since the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. A new policy paper from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute offers recommendations for interventions designed to facilitate local peacebuilding it says could have wider regional application. [node:read-more:link]

Missing reservist’s truck found

A pickup registered to a Canadian Army reservist who was discharged over alleged links to a white supremacy movement has been found in southern Manitoba but police say there is no evidence that Patrik Mathews, a former combat engineer, had crossed into the U.S. Mathews has been missing for more than a week. [node:read-more:link]

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