ISIS militant believed dead seen alive in Iraq
A Canadian militant who was previously believed to have been killed after joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has appeared in a video this week in an interview with Vice News.
Farah Mohammad Shirdon, who seems to be in his early 20s, claimed in an interview with the media outlet Vice News that he joined ISIS of his own free will and that more 10,000 fighters have come from the West to join ISIS in Iraq.
“No one spoke a single word to me. I opened the newspaper, I read the Qur’an – very easy,” said Shirdon, in a Skype interview from Mosul.
Social media posts emerged in August suggested that Shridon had been killed in Iraq. But Vice News tracked him after coming across reports that he may be alive, reported CBC.
Shirdon spoke about ISIS’s ambitions to expand its territory and added that it is “mobilizing” for an attack on New York and aims to fly its flag over the White House.
“A lot of brothers are mobilizing there right now, in the West,” he claimed.
“What are they mobilizing for?” asked Vice News reporter Shane Smith.
“Mobilizing for a brilliant attack, my friend,” Shridon replied.
Shridon, who is also known with the nickname Abu Usamah Somali, is from Calgary, according to Huffington Post Canada. He was reportedly a former student at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and is also the nephew of an ex-prime minister of Somalia, according to the news site.
He came to public attention last June when he appeared in a video surrounded by ISIS militants as he tore up his passport while also threatening Canada.
Social media posts emerged in August suggested that Shridon was killed in Iraq. But Vice News tracked him after seeing reports that he may be alive, reported CBC.
Canada estimates that at least 130 Canadian passport holders are suspected of travelling overseas to take part in terror-related activity, including joining ISIS.