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Calgary man charged in absentia for terrorism-related activity

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milnews.ca said:
The latest on this dude: "Farah Mohamed Shirdon charged in absentia for terrorism-related activity"
A Calgary man who allegedly travelled to fight with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and at one time was rumoured to have been killed in Iraq, has now been charged in absentia in Canada with numerous terrorism-related criminal offences.

The RCMP announced Thursday that 22-year-old Farah Mohamed Shirdon faces six charges under the Criminal Code related to his alleged support of ISIS, which RCMP said began after he left Canada in March 2014.

"Our investigation showed that Shirdon served in a combat role and performed other functions for ISIS such as recruiting, fundraising, encouraging others to commit violence, and spreading propaganda — all designed to enhance the activities of the ISIS," assistant commissioner Marlin DeGrand, the officer in charge of RCMP criminal operations in Alberta, said in a release ....
RCMP news release attached.
I bet he's quaking in his flip flops at the news.
jollyjacktar said:
I bet he's quaking in his flip flops at the news.
Assuming he's still alive enough to quake ....
Wonder if he was one of the dummies crying about people stealing phone charger cords, bad cell reception and ill-mannered Muslims not respecting personal space.
Way to go, RCMP!  Pretty ballsy move to charge a guy you're pretty sure you have zero chance of apprehending.
Apparently he is still alive - he gave a Skype interview to Vice News this week. The video is on the Vice News site, and it's infuriating. I'm not a praying man, for the most part, but I'm praying that there's enough electronic signal litter trail from that that the NSA is able to do their geolocation magic and deliver a Hellfire enema to him ASAFP.
Here's hoping.
This seems like the most appropriate response to these individuals.

Removing their passports and such on the suspicion of intent to commit terrorist activities seems far too close to thought crime type stuff. Then you end up with angry frustrated jihadis like Rouleau.

By charging this guy in absentia the moment he arrives back in Canada, provided he survives at all, he can be arrested and incarcerated. After all, now he has actually broken the law. Something that may not have been true while he was still within the reach of Canadian law enforcement.
Mayhaps a re-instating of the Death Penalty when found guilty of treason?
He shouldn't worry. I'm sure the Trudeau Liberals will overturn the decision and welcome him home with a parade\ photo op. ;)
recceguy said:
He shouldn't worry. I'm sure the Trudeau Liberals will overturn the decision and welcome him home with a parade\ photo op. ;)

And apologize for his poor treatment and for Harper making him do it.
Why stop at the charges, have the trial in abesntia as well.  Then if he ever does stick his nose in the country one day, he can go straight to jail and not collect $200.
The latest:  he's named (as well as another Canadian citizen) as an A-List bad guy by U.S. State Dep't ...
The Department of State has designated Tarek Sakr and Farah Mohamed Shirdon as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons determined to have committed, or pose a serious risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States. As a consequence of these designations, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions or dealings with Sakr and Shirdon, and all of their property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction is frozen.

Tarek Sakr is a Syrian-born Canadian citizen who has conducted sniper training in Syria and periodically travels to Turkey. Sakr has been linked to the Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and SDGT al-Nusrah Front, al-Qa’ida’s affiliate in Syria.

Farah Mohamed Shirdon is a Canadian citizen who travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight with the FTO and SDGT the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Shirdon is a prominent ISIS fighter and recruiter and has also been involved in fundraising.

Today’s action notifies the U.S. public and the international community that Sakr and Shirdon are actively engaged in terrorism. Designations of terrorist individuals and groups expose and isolate organizations and individuals, and result in denial of access to the U.S. financial system. Moreover, designations can assist or complement the law enforcement actions of other U.S. agencies and other governments.

A list of State Department-designated FTOs and SDGTs is available here: http://www.state.gov/j/ct/list/index.htm.


Name: Tarek Sakr
DOB: March 14, 1987
POB: Syria
Citizenship: Canada
Location: Syria and Turkey

Name: Farah Mohamed Shirdon
AKA: Farah Shirdon
AKA: Abu Usamah
AKA: Abu Usamah Somali
AKA: Abu Usama al Somali
AKA: Abu Usamah as-Somali
DOB: April 18, 1993
POB: Toronto, Canada
Nationality: Somali
Nationality: Canadian
Location: Raqqa, Syria as of November 2015
An update:  from the "live by the sword ..." files ...
The U.S. military says a high-profile Canadian in the so-called Islamic State was killed in a coalition airstrike in Iraq more than two years ago, marking the first official report of his death.

The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq, told Global News that Farah Mohamed Shirdon was killed in the city of Mosul on July 13, 2015.

Shirdon, a Somali-Canadian who left Calgary in 2014 to join ISIS, is wanted by the RCMP on six terrorism charges that accused him of being an ISIS combatant, recruiter, fundraiser and propagandist.

“Farah Mohamed Shirdon, an external operations facilitator and recruiter, was killed by a coalition airstrike in Mosul on July 13, 2015,” a CENTCOM spokesperson said in an email Wednesday. “We have nothing further to add at this time.” ...
More @ link
We should be ready for his family to be lining up for his $10.5 million benefits cheque though, right?

Naturally.  Lots of bleeding or is that bleating hearts to milk.
jollyjacktar said:
Naturally.  Lots of bleeding or is that bleating hearts wallets to milk.

No no, too many folks who like to bleat out about folks like him being hard done by.  Wallets to pick?  Sure, that too.