The official complaint, quoted in the 13th paragraph, identifies this “Canadian” as a “jihadist.” Before that, we heard that he was “a Canadian man” who had been “linked to a militant group.” He could have been a militant Christian extremist, except for the facts that the incident took place in Iraq and that his name is Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa. Otherwise, this mainstream media story, like so many, seems intent on hiding or burying the jihadist aspect. “Canadian accused of conspiring to kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq,” by Bradley Bouzane and Stewart Bell for Postmedia News, January 19 (thanks to all who sent this in):
A Canadian man accused of being linked to a militant group whose attack killed five U.S. soldiers in Iraq — and who authorities say chillingly described the work of insurgent bombers as the “harvest” of “metal and flesh” — has been arrested in Edmonton.
Faruq Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa, 38, was arrested by RCMP officers Wednesday without incident on a U.S. provisional arrest warrant. U.S. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said it was believed the suspect, who is a dual citizen of Canada and Iraq, had been living in the Edmonton area.
Muhammad ‘Isa is accused of “conspiring to kill Americans abroad” in connection with a bombing attack in Iraq in April 2009.
Authorities allege he is connected to a “multinational terrorist network” that has carried out numerous suicide attacks in Iraq.
The U.S. Justice Department said in a news release that it will seek the suspect’s extradition to the United States to deal with the charges. He is expected to make a court appearance Thursday.
There was never any direct threat to Canadians, said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles Michaud, who heads the National Security Criminal Investigations section.
The RCMP’s national security unit in Edmonton conducted an “extensive investigation” after being tipped off by the FBI more than a year ago, he said.
“Basically we went full out to assist them,” Michaud said.
RCMP Sgt. Patrick Webb said the arrest took place Wednesday morning without incident in support of the FBI investigation.
“The RCMP’s role was simply to arrest him and detain him until he can make court appearances to answer to extradition,” said Webb.
Webb said he could not confirm how long Muhammad ‘Isa had been living in Edmonton.
Authorities say he has used as aliases the names Faruk Khalil Muhammad ‘Isa, Sayfildin Tahir Sharif and Tahir Sharif Sayfildin.
The official complaint that led to the charges, which was filed Jan. 14 in New York, said “a Tunisian jihadist, whose travel to and activities in Iraq were facilitated by the terrorist network, drove a truck laden with explosives to the gate of the U.S. military’s Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul, Iraq.
“The jihadist exchanged fire with Iraqi police officers and then the American convoy that was exiting the base. The truck detonated approximately 50 yards from the gate, alongside the last vehicle in the U.S. convoy, leaving a 60-foot crater in the ground.”…