“A message posted online eulogizes Salman Ashrafi, a Canadian member of the ultra-extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, as a ‘brave warrior’ and goads Muslims to ‘prove their manhood’ by following in his footsteps.” Not that this has anything to do with Islam, of course. To think otherwise will land you with charges of “Islamophobia.”
“Canadian ISIS member’s online ‘wake up call’ urges Muslims to follow example of Calgary suicide bomber,” by Stewart Bell, National Post, June 16, 2014 (thanks to Samantha):
TORONTO — A Calgary suicide bomber who killed 19 Iraqis has become a propaganda tool for jihadists, who are urging Muslims to follow his “great example” and threatening Canada to change its “oppressive” foreign policies.
A message posted online eulogizes Salman Ashrafi, a Canadian member of the ultra-extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham, as a “brave warrior” and goads Muslims to “prove their manhood” by following in his footsteps.
Written by a fellow Canadian jihadist who goes by the alias Abu Dujana al-Muhajir, the self-described “wake up call” warns Canadians to “put pressure on the Canadian government to change its foreign policy in the Muslim world.”
It also cautions Canada against enacting laws aimed at stopping extremist Muslims from leaving the country to join terrorist groups like ISIS and Al-Shabab, saying such measures will not work and will only fuel radicalization.
“Therefore, we urge the Canadian public to take heed from the recent history and not allow their war-mongering governments to get themselves entangled in a war of attrition with the Muslims for decades to come; a war that you an never win for we are a nation of brave lion hearts like Salman Ashrafi.”
The author claims to be part of a small circle of Calgary misfits who formed their own prayer group and, after deciding that being Muslim meant fighting jihad, left for Syria to join terror groups such as ISIS, which is now committing mass atrocities in Iraq.
At least two members of the group, Ashrafi and Damian Clairmont, a former mental patient who converted to Islam, have since died. Ashrafi was a Pakistani-Canadian business analyst with Calgary’s Talisman Energy.
His family told the National Post that Ashrafi had quit his job and moved to the Persian Gulf in October 2012, but that he left in December and they lost track of him. Abu Dujana said Ashrafi had gone to Turkey, where he waited for six months to get into Syria.
Last November, he allegedly drove a car filled with explosives into an Iraqi army base north of Baghdad. The attack was part of a wave of ISIS bombings that preceded last week’s assault on Mosul and other northern towns.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird condemned ISIS on Monday for its “brutality” after it posted photos on Twitter showing what it claimed were the mass executions of hundreds of Iraqi soldiers and police captured in recent days.
Ashrafi’s death is further evidence that ISIS is partly a foreign invasion force that is trying to impose militant Al Qaeda ideology on Iraqis. It has also fueled concerns that Canadians involved in such groups might one day return home to wage terror campaigns.
The RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service are investigating the Calgary group, which numbers three to five, and the role of a suspected Syrian-Canadian facilitator. The RCMP has also launched a program to track “high-risk travellers” and disrupt their plans to go abroad.
After Ashrafi’s eulogy was posted online, Syed Soharwardy, a Calgary imam who has been combatting extremism, wrote to police to say he was concerned for his safety and that of his family. The eulogy singled out Mr. Soharwardy, the founder of Muslims Against Terrorism, calling him “deviant” and saying his brand of Islam was losing out to the jihadists. Mr. Soharwardy said he had also received anti-Muslim hate messages since speaking out against extremism.