WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – A Canadian citizen of Saudi origin has been sentenced to life in prison for providing material support to the Islamic State* terrorist group and for executing two Syrian soldiers, the US Department of Justice announced in a statement. communicated.
“Mohammed Khalifa, alias Abu Ridwan Al-Kanadi and Abu Muthanna Al-Muhajir, 39, held prominent positions in ISIS [Islamic State] from 2013 until its capture by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in January 2019,” the statement read on Friday.
In addition to serving as a fighter and personally executing two Syrian soldiers on behalf of the Islamic State, Khalifa served as a lead translator in the terror group’s propaganda production and English-speaking narrator on several violent videos, the statement said.
Khalifa worked in Islamic State media until late 2018, producing content that glorified depictions of the terror group and its fighters as well as scenes of violence, including depictions of executed unarmed prisoners, images of attacks and fights and depictions of attacks in the United States. , the statement also said.
Khalifa surrendered to the SDF on or around January 13, 2019 and was transferred to FBI custody in 2021 and transported to the Eastern District of Virginia where he had his first court appearance on October 4, 2021, added the press release.
Khalifa pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, resulting in death, on Dec. 10, 2021, the statement said.
*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a banned terrorist organization in Russia and many other states