From Sun News Network
SALMAN ASHRAFI Credits: Calgary Sun/QMI Agency
Eleven of Canada’s highest-profile jihadi terrorists, terror suspects and alleged extremists have ties to the Muslim Students Association, a security conference has heard.
The data was presented on Thursday evening by the Canadian Military Intelligence Association in Ottawa, where three men were charged Tuesday with terrorism-related offences.
Suspect Awso Peshdary, 25, was an invited speaker of the Muslim Students Association at Ottawa’s Algonquin College last year. He’s accused of financing efforts to send recruits from Canada to Syria to join the Islamic State.
A second man, Khadar Khalib, 23, was a member of the same MSA and the third suspect, John Maguire, 24, attended MSA events at the University of Ottawa. The latter two are believed to be in Syria.
The 11 named at the security conference range from people, like Maguire, who reportedly attended a few MSA events, to top executives like former MSA leader Salman Ashrafi of Calgary.
He blew himself up in November 2013 in a double suicide bombing at an Iraqi military base, reportedly killing 46 people on behalf of ISIS.
Former friends in Lethbridge, Alberta say Ashrafi was very involved in the MSA.
The Muslim Students Association has operated on Canadian campuses since its inception the early 1960s when Canada’s Muslim population numbered just a few thousand.
The number of MSA clubs is estimated at several hundred across North America, providing prayer space and social events as well as speeches by imams and other Islamic presenters.
Some MSA members had more sinister plans, however, including al-Qaida financier Ahmed Said Khadr, the now-deceased head of Canada’s first family of terror and father of convicted killer Omar Khadr. (My Note~ This guy is now in an Edmonton Prison but he wants to attend the Edmonton University! I’ll bet he doesn’t so much want to be educated as he much as he wants to convert others to his terroristic ways!)
In her 2008 book entitled Guantanamo’s Child, journalist Michelle Shephard said the father was radicalized at the University of Ottawa’s MSA in the 1970s.
Ahmed Khadr was killed in a 2003 shootout with Pakistani security forces near the Afghan border.
The activities of former MSA members have also caught the attention of law enforcement south of the border.
The New York Police Department said in 2012 that it monitored MSA groups, individuals and online activity across the Northeast in 2006 and 2007.
The NYPD defended its operation by citing 12 convicted or suspected terrorists in the United States and abroad who had once been MSA members.
In its 2007 report, “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat,” the NYPD mentioned “radicalization that has permeated some Muslim student associations.”
The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the conservative think-tank Middle East Forum have all reported that the MSA was heavily financed by Saudi Arabia.
In its 2003 profile of the group, the Wall Street Journal noted that Saudi Arabia has “for decades has tried to inculcate young people with a fundamentalist and intolerant version of Islam.”
E-mails to MSA’s North American headquarters in Flint, Michigan were not returned by press time.
However, Adam Tulul, MSA president at Algonquin College, told QMI in an e-mail that the organization “unequivocally condemns violent extremism in all its forms.”
He said anyone who opposes Canadian foreign policy should “channel their energies proactively by becoming engaged citizens who express themselves through peaceful means.”
This hits a little too close to home! How many of this guys friends in Lethbridge are also terrorists hiding out in the small community of 90,000 people….. attending the University of Lethbridge? How many in Calgary are there?
I’ve always had the uneasy feeling about the MSA groups. Guess my intuition was right on the money! It’s time Mr. Harper to shut them down!