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Tags: isis | islamicstate

Canadian Voice of ISIS: 'I Don't Regret It'

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By    |   Sunday, 17 February 2019 02:15 PM

A Canadian citizen has been unmasked as the man behind Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda videos and said he has no regrets about joining the terror group and narrating videos showing the barbaric group's brutality.

The New York Times interviewed 35-year-old Mohammed Khalifa, who was captured in Syria last month. He told the paper he was a member of the ISIS Ministry of Media, which creates propaganda videos and spreads them across the internet to both recruit more followers and create a culture of fear and terror.

"No, I don't regret it," Khalifa said. "I was asked the same thing by my interrogators, and I told them the same thing."

Khalifa told the Times his family emigrated from Saudi Arabia to Toronto when he was a child. He earned a computer systems technology degree from Toronto's Seneca College and later worked for IBM contractor Kelly Services as an IT specialist.

He watched online propaganda videos in 2013 and decided to join ISIS, so he traveled to the Middle East and entered Syria that same year to work for the media unit as a translator and narrator.

One of the well-known videos Khalifa said he narrated was one called "Flames of War," released in 2014.

Audio-forensic experts told the Times it was highly likely that Khalifa's claim of narrating "Flames of War," a 55-minute video that helped ISIS recruit English-speaking fighters, was true.

Catalin Grigoras and Jeff M. Smith of the University of Colorado wrote that it's "134 times more likely that the unknown speaker" is Khalifa.

The Times story also detailed how ISIS would create its propaganda videos. Camera teams would roam the caliphate and capture footage and then bring it on an SD card to the Ministry of Media's office 12 miles outside of Raqqa.

Khalifa insisted that he only served as a narrator and translator and did not carry out executions depicted in the videos.

U.S. officials have said ISIS still controls a small amount of land in Syria, roughly less than two square miles. President Donald Trump predicted last week, however, that the land will all be retaken by coalition forces by this coming week.

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A Canadian citizen has been unmasked as the man behind Islamic State (ISIS) propaganda videos and said he has no regrets about joining the terror group and narrating videos showing the barbaric group's brutality.The New York Times interviewed 35-year-old Mohammed Khalifa,...
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