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Report: ISIS Terrorists Infiltrating Canada, May Use for Entry to US

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 The U.S.-Canada border (Andrew Mayer/Getty Images)

By    |   Sunday, 04 Sep 2016 09:30 AM

The Mexican border might be getting a lot of the attention because of Donald Trump’s wall proposal, but terrorism threats coming to and from Canada can be a cause of concern as well.

The Canadian government issued a public safety report in August , detailing its threat level as "medium" — "meaning a violent act of terrorism can occur in Canada" — and reporting 180 people traveling from Canada abroad have been "suspected of engaging in terrorism-related activities and another 60"  extremist travelers had returned to Canada by the end of 2015.

Of those 180, more than half are believed to be in Turkey, Iraq or Syria.

Of the 60 known returning travelers: "the experiences and intention of these individuals vary.

"They may have skills, experience and relationships developed abroad that could be used to recruit or inspire individuals in Canada. They may also engage in terrorist financing, helping others to travel, or even planning attacks in Canada."

The Canadian government's response has included 21 terrorism-related convictions since 2002 and another 21 awaiting trial or having arrest warrants issued (which includes 16 since January 2015), according to the report.

The report made aware the international efforts in monitoring terrorism and extremist-connected travel.

"Since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011, more than 36,500 extremist travelers from over 100 countries, including at least 6,600 individuals from Western countries, have traveled to Syria," the report stated, citing the U.S. Director of National Intelligence from February 2016.

In 2015, 55 percent of terrorist attacks were central to five countries (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nigeria), and 74 percent of fatalities were sustained in five countries (Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Syria and Pakistan), the report stated, citing the U.S. State Department.

The report also outlined three emerging issues, including:

  • Technology in terrorism (mostly used in social media by extremists for recruiting)
  • Women in terrorist activities (now constitute about 20 percent of extremist travelers from Canada)
  • Use of chemical weapons by terrorist organizations (chlorine and a "crude form of indigenously-produced mustard gas")

The report is unlike anything President Barack Obama’s administration has issued, according to Adam Kredo of The Washington Free Beacon.

"It remains unclear how many ISIS-tied individuals are estimated to be in the United States, as the Obama administration has yet to publicly release numbers like its Canadian counterpart," Kredo wrote.


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