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US accuses Canadian man of being an ISIS fighter, propagandist

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If found guilty, Mohammad Khalifa faces a life sentence. (file)

Washington:

US prosecutors said on Saturday they accused the Saudi-born Canadian of aiding the ISIS terrorist group, accusing him of throwing grenades into the war and working with campaigners who tried to behead hostages, including American journalist James Foley. Promoted.

The Justice Department described the man, identified as Mohammad Khalifa, as a “leading figure” in ISIS’s English-language media unit in Iraq and Syria.

The department said Khalifa narrated English-language recruitment videos and was a battlefield fighter before being captured in 2019 by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a militia group that controls parts of Syria.

He was recently arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and on Saturday the charges against him were dropped in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

ISIS gained global notoriety in 2014 after releasing videos of the beheadings of American journalists Foley and Steven Sotloff, and British aid workers Alan Henning and David Haines. US prosecutors allege that Khalifa worked in a unit promoting the video.

If found guilty, Khalifa faces a life sentence.

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