Caliphate, The New York Times’s podcast that follows my colleague Rukmini Callimachi as she covers the Islamic State, made its way into the Canadian political sphere. As I mentioned in a recent Canada Letter featuring an interview with Rukmini, she interviewed a Canadian who acknowledged going overseas to join ISIS. In a recent episode, that man, who asked to be known by his nom de guerre Abu Huzayfah, confessed to shooting two people in Syria as an executioner.
In the House of Commons, Conservative members of Parliament Pierre Paul-Hus and Candice Bergen asked the government if it knew the man’s whereabouts and if he would be arrested under Canadian law that prohibits participating in terrorist groups. The government offered assurances that the public was safe but not much more.
During a subsequent interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the man retracted his claims. But subsequent episodes of Caliphate will lay out how Rukmini fact-checked aspects of his story.
The series continues until June 21. Times subscribers get to hear the episodes one week before everyone else.
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