Suicide bomber Salman Ashrafi killed in Iraq part of wider Calgary jihadi base

by 1389 on June 9, 2014

in 1389 (blog admin), Canada, homegrown Muslim terrorists, Islamic State (of Iraq and ash-Sham/Levant/ISIS/ISIL/Daesh), Syria

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CBC News has the story:

Homegrown extremism abroad has a new face, and CBC News has learned it belongs to yet another Calgary man, a development that points to the West as a hotbed for exporting jihadis.

His name is Salman Ashrafi, and when the Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) released images of him last month following a double suicide bombing in Iraq in November that killed 46 people, he was celebrated in a martryrdom notice.

Only then, he was known as Abu Abdullah Al Khorasani.

CBC News has confirmed that Al Khorasani was Ashrafi’s nom de guerre and that he was a Canadian citizen who grew up in the Stampede City, where he went to school and worked.

The Calgarian’s story is one of as many as two dozen others, most of whom left to battle alongside rebel militants in Syria.

At one time, Ashrafi led a lifestyle many would have envied, with jobs at Talisman and Exxon and huge downtown Calgary firms.

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