In a year-end interview with CTV, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed that he believes returning Jihadists can be rehabilitated into “powerful” voices against radicalism within Canada.
Video: Justin Trudeau on Returning ISIS Fighters: They’ll Be A ‘Extraordinarily Powerful Voice’ For Canada
They are returning to Canada because ISIS has lost, not because they became disillusioned and rejected the ideology.
ISIS has lost 98 percent of the territory it once held — with half of that terror group’s so-called “caliphate” having been recaptured since President Trump took office less than a year ago, U.S. military officials said Tuesday…
The latest American intelligence assessment says fewer than 1,000 ISIS fighters now remain in Iraq and Syria, down from a peak of nearly 45,000 just two years ago. U.S. officials credit nearly 30,000 U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and regional partners on the ground for killing more than 70,000 jihadists. Meanwhile, only a few thousand have returned home.
The remaining ISIS strongholds are concentrated in a small area along the border of Syria and Iraq. ISIS, at one point, controlled an area the size of Ohio. FoxNews
Chance of reintegrating Canadian ISIS fighters ‘pretty remote’: Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
The likelihood of successfully reintegrating ISIS fighters with ties to Canada who have returned home is “pretty remote,” admits Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
After days of questioning over Canada’s plan to rehabilitate returning ISIS fighters, the federal government’s point man on national security says it might be too late for some.
“If you want to have a good solid hope of some kind of successful intervention, it has to be at a much earlier stage. You have to prevent the problem before it exists,” said Goodale in an interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV’s Question Period.
“Once a person has been in a war zone, once they’ve been actively engaged in terrorist-related activities, the capacity to turn them around is pretty remote. That’s why you have to use the other tools, including collecting the evidence and prosecuting wherever and whenever you can,” he said. CTVNews