Inside terror: Canadian charged in murder of 5 US soldiers in Iraq
An Iraqi-Canadian who allegedly helped run a terror recruitment network from Canada was indicted Friday by a Brooklyn grand jury with aiding in the 2009 killing of 5 Americans in Mosul.
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A day after the attack, Isa, in Canada, had an electronic conversation with a member of the network in Iraq, according to court documents.Skip to next paragraph
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Isa: “Did you hear about the huge incident yesterday? Is it known?”
Network member: “Yes.”
Isa: “He was one of the Tunisian brothers.”
Network member: “Praise God. May God acknowledge him.”
The suicide bomber’s father in Tunisia told authorities that his son had left Tunisia in October 2008. He said on April 3, 2009 – a week before the bomb attack – he received a text message stating that his son was in Iraq.
Shortly after the attack, the father said he received a telephone call from someone with an Iraqi accent. “Your son … is dead,” the caller said.
The fourth member of the Tunisia contingent of would-be suicide bombers was arrested in Mosul before he carried out any attack.
In March 2009, the network arranged for four more Tunisians to travel to Iraq.
During preparation to leave, one of the would-be fighters asked Isa what he should tell his family. “Should I leave a will with them,” he asked.
“No, I don’t recommend this,” Isa said, according to court documents. “This will cause them to suffer after you.”
Isa told the young man that he should delete everything from his computer. “Don’t leave one character of information or anything behind. Don’t leave any of your belongings in the house. Don’t leave any trace.”
The recruit asked: “What else?”
“Do not forget to keep reading [the] Koran and repeat the famous prayers on the way until you meet with God.”
The recruit still had worries. “The family is the main problem, particularly my mother,” he reportedly told Isa. “I am so concerned about … the shock.”
Isa told him that what they were about to do was a duty that they faced.
The recruit responded: “May God give you 74 to marry. We want the virgins of paradise, not the ones here.”
Isa responded: “You come short, brother. God is more generous than that. It’s supposed to be 76 instead.”
Investigators say the network used the terms “marriage” and “marriage to 70 virgins” as code for suicide operations. A Muslim who dies a martyr defending Islam is believed to be rewarded in heaven with a large number of virgin wives.
Court documents say the group also used the term “farming” as code for terrorist attacks.
At one point, Isa reportedly revealed his interest in traveling to Iraq to personally join the fight against the US.
In one monitored conversation Isa reportedly used code to convey his interest in obtaining a sniper rifle with telescope and silencer to use against US troops. He referred to it as a “mute bride with a crown.”
Isa: “Listen can’t you find me a bride.”
Network member: “Yes. How do you want her? To be a talker or a mute?”
Isa: “I want her to be mute, and to have a lot of children, I want a lot of children.”
Network member: “There are plenty available over here.”
Isa allegedly pledged his loyalty to Iraqi insurgents and asked that he be allowed to travel to Iraq to engage in operations against US forces.
At one point, Isa advises an Iraq-based associate to avoid using the names of network members. “Try to avoid using names,” he said, according to court documents. “They monitor your IP address, and know when you enter the brothers’ website, and especially in your country.”
He added: “For example when I want to name the brothers, I say the farmers … because they plant metal and harvest metal and flesh.”
IN PICTURES: Leaving Iraq
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