The U.S. Department of Justice announced today (Saturday) the filing of an indictment against a Canadian citizen who was alleged to be one of ISIS’s prominent speakers of the English language, and was behind some of the terrorist organization’s most difficult and famous propaganda videos.
Muhammad Khalifa, 38, a Canadian citizen born in Saudi Arabia, was arrested in early 2019 by the Kurdish.Arab militia in northern Syria and today it was reported that he was extradited to the United States. “Knowing that the organization is involved in terrorist activity.”
According to the lawsuit, Khalifa, nicknamed Abu Radwan al.Qanadi, flew to Syria in the summer of 2013 to join ISIS. Assisted in the translation of some 15 videos produced by al.Hayat, the ISIS media arm. Investigators determined that his activities within ISIS continued until his arrest in January 2019.
One of the most famous films was “Flames of War: Fighting Just Began” which was released in September 2014, and Khalifa admitted that he was the mysterious announcer. The video, which lasted 55:13 minutes, praised the terrorist organization and included direct threats against the United States due to President Obama’s statement on the fight against ISIS and even featured harsh sections of executions.
In interviews with Khalifa after his arrest in Syria, he claimed his role was junior, but the indictment noted that “FBI agents determined that Khalifa played an important role in producing ISIS propaganda and disseminating it in various mediums aimed at Western audiences.”
“As one of the leading figures in the ISIS communications system in English, Muhammad Khalifa has contributed to the radicalization of individuals through English narration of ISIS recruitment propaganda,” said Stephen D’Antono of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington. “Khalifa promoted the terrorist organization, extended his recruitment efforts around the world and expanded the distance the videos that glorified the horrific murders and indiscriminate atrocities of ISIS,” Virginia District Attorney Raj Farah added.