#AceNewsServices – CANADA (Calgary) – June 17 – Home-grown extremism abroad has a new face, and CBC News has learned it belongs to yet another Calgary man, a development that points to the West as a hotbed for exporting jihadis.
(Only then, he was known as Abu Abdullah Al Khorasani)
His name is Salman Ashrafi, and when the Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) released images of him last month following a double suicide bombing in Iraq in November that killed 46 people, he was celebrated in a martryrdom notice.
CBC News has confirmed that Al Khorasani was Ashrafi’s nom de guerre and that he was a Canadian citizen who grew up in the Stampede City, where he went to school and worked.
The Calgarian’s story is one of as many as two dozen others, most of whom left to battle alongside rebel militants in Syria.
At one time, Ashrafi led a lifestyle many would have envied, with jobs at Talisman and Exxon and huge down-town Calgary firms.
Another 22-year-old Canadian-born Muslim convert who left Calgary for Syria in November 2012 has been killed by Free Syrian Army (FSA) forces during rebel infighting, CBC News has confirmed.
Mustafa al-Gharib, born in Nova Scotia as Damian Clairmont, was an Acadian who spent his first years in Wedgeport, N.S.
According to sources in Syria and Canada, al-Gharib was injured in battle and subsequently captured and killed by an unknown faction of the FSA in the city of Aleppo.
Al-Gharib was reportedly fighting with Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group consisting of largely foreign extremists.
Jabhat al-Nusra was designated a terrorist group by the Canadian government in November 2013.
(Site of al-Gharib’s Death Tweeted as Abu Talha al-Canadi)
The first public indication of al-Gharib’s death came on social media on Tuesday night, when a Twitter account claiming to be run by a rebel fighter who knew al-Gharib personally tweeted a martyrdom notice.
(NYDailyNews) – March 11 2013 – A self-proclaimed freedom fighter known as “the American” has hopped around the Middle East picking sides in Arab Spring conflicts, most recently in Syria, where he fought with rebel groups against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Eric Harroun, a 30-year-old U.S. Army veteran, is also anti-Israel and has pledged to fight with Palestinian forces.
“The only good Zionist is a dead Zionist,” Harroun, a Phoenix native, wrote on his Facebook page.
His erratic alliances go deeper than that: Harroun was recently linked to a group the United States says is associated with al- Qaeda in Iraq.
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