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Officials worried group in Canada went to join Islamic radicals in Somalia
NATIONAL ^ | Published: Monday, November 16, 2009 | Stewart Bell, National Post

Posted on 11/17/2009 3:21:55 AM PST by Cindy

SNIPPET: "Counterterrorism officials are investigating a group of youths who allegedly left Canada for East Africa two weeks ago, amid concerns they may have gone to join the Somali militant group Al-Shabab.

Two sources familiar with the case said investigators had been canvassing Toronto's large Somali-Canadian community for information about as many as five men who departed Canada together in early November.

They are believed to have flown to Kenya, the sources said. Kenya borders the region of southern Somalia controlled by Al-Shabab, an Islamist militia aligned with al-Qaeda and sometimes likened to the Taliban."

SNIPPET: ""Radicalization within the U.S. Somali community may be an indicator of similar processes at work in Canada," Commissioner William Elliott said in his Oct. 30 address to the Canadian Association of Security and Intelligence Studies in Ottawa."

SNIPPET: "A handful of Canadians have fought with armed Somali groups in recent years, including Abdullah Ali Afrah, a former Toronto businessman who was killed last year while leading an ambush against Ethiopian troops.

The directors of the Khalid Mosque, one of the most popular places of worship for Somali-Canadians in Toronto, said in a statement to the National Post in September they had no knowledge of any youths who had traveled to Somalia to fight."

SNIPPET: "Al-Shabab has become a priority in Washington since the families of several Minnesota youths came forward to complain that their young relatives were being radicalized and recruited into Al-Shabab.

At least two Americans have already died in Somalia. Shirwa Ahmed, a 27-year-old Minneapolis college student, became the first known U.S. citizen to carry out a suicide bombing when he blew himself up in Somalia last year, killing 30 people. Another American youth was allegedly shot dead as he was preparing to return to the United States."

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TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alshabaab; alshabab; canada; globaljihad; shabaab; somalia

1 posted on 11/17/2009 3:21:57 AM PST by Cindy
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2 posted on 11/17/2009 3:24:16 AM PST by Cindy
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Hey, no worries unless they make it back. Should be handing out one-way tickets *to* the front.

3 posted on 11/17/2009 3:38:58 AM PST by SunkenCiv ( Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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Thanks for the ping, Cindy.

4 posted on 11/17/2009 4:08:49 AM PST by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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Canada should not let them back in. Canada should give us their names so we keep them out.

5 posted on 11/17/2009 5:36:58 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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6 posted on 11/17/2009 7:19:04 PM PST by Clive
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