One controversial imam, Syed Soharwardy of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada, who said Canadian Muslims are being treated like the Jews in Nazi Germany, blames the Canadian government for not doing anything to stop Muslims from being radicalized. (While silently breathing a sigh of relief)
Homegrown Islamic terrorism abroad has a new face, and CBC News has learned it belongs to yet another Calgary man. His name is Salman Ashrafi, and when the Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) released images of him last month following a double suicide bombing in Iraq in November that killed 46 people, he was celebrated in a martryrdom notice.
Only then, he was known as Abu Abdullah Al Khorasani, which was Ashrafi’s nom de guerre and that he was a Canadian citizen who grew up in the Stampede City, where he went to college and worked. The Calgarian’s story is one of as many as two dozen others, most of whom left to battle alongside rebel militants in Syria.