A 15-year-old was deceived into trafficking into Syria to join ISIS by a Canadian spy; This is the story of Shamima Begum. London Allegedly co-concealed the Canadian plot.
Seven years ago, when ISIS power was at its peak, Mohammed Rashed transported Shamima Begum, a British teenager, and her two companions into Syria. New information on Rashed, who had worked as an agent for Canadian intelligence, was revealed in a new book followed by British media stories.
Ex-security reporter for The Sunday Times Richard Kerbaj authored “The Secret History of the Five Eyes“. The book detailed a subsequent plot by the UK and Canada to conceal the involvement of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in the Begum issue. The girl was subsequently coerced into wedlock with an ISIS warrior.
Last week saw the release of Kerbaj’s book, which was based on conversations with foreign leaders and loads of intelligence officers. The US, UK, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada have formed an association known as Five Eyes to share intelligence.
“I cannot publicly comment on or confirm or deny the specifics of CSIS investigations, operational interests, methodologies or activities,” A CSIS spokesman explained in a talk with local media.
According to British news sources, Scotland Yard in the UK was informed that Rashed was responsible for the minors’ trafficking into the Middle East. They clarify that Rashed acted as a double agent who worked for both Canadian intelligence and the ISIS militant group. When Rashed requested asylum at the Canadian mission in Jordan, he was enlisted by Ottawa as an agent.
Last week, it was revealed that Canada was aware of what happened to the youngsters, prompting calls for an investigation. While the British Metropolitan Police Service conducted a global hunt for the three, Ottawa remained mute.
Shamima Begum; A Victim
Canada quietly confessed its role only after it feared being revealed after Rashed was imprisoned in Ankara in the same year. The book said that it then effectively pleaded with the UK to conceal its involvement.
Prime Minister of Canada stated in a talk with the local media that the nation’s intelligence service is constrained by stringent standards when questioned about the British media claims. According to Trudeau, strict control measures are in place in Canada.
Avoiding any details about the steps taken in Otawa, Justin Trudeau said that his office will “look at further steps if necessary… We expect that those rules be followed,”
The discussion on depriving Begum of her British citizenship has been reignited by the most recent disclosures. This is because it demonstrates that a Western espionage figure provided tangible assistance for her trip to Syria.
The Supreme Court ruling from last year made no mention of the fact that the British officials were aware of how she was trafficked into Syria. The court upheld the ruling preventing her from going back to the United Kingdom.
The 23-year-old Begum is still in a camp inside Syrian soils. She will resubmit her plea to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in two months.
Attorney for Shamima Begum family, Tasnime Akunjee demanded an investigation into what the information and evidences accessible to the police and intelligence agencies. “The calculation here is that the lives of British children, and the risk of their death, is part of the algorithm of acceptable risk our Western allies have taken,” Akunjee asserted.
In 2015, Shamima Begum, then 15 years old, traveled to Syria via London with Kadiza Sultana, then 16 years old, and Amira Abase, also 15. Thousands of ISIS members were supplied from western countries.