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    3 ISIS Recruits From Edmonton Believed Killed

    Three Edmonton cousins have died while fighting overseas for ISIS, says the father of one of the men.

    Ahmed Hirsi says his 20-year-old son Mahad was killed last fall along with cousins Hamsa and Hersi Kariye.


    Three Edmonton cousins have died while fighting overseas for ISIS, says the father of one of the men.

    Ahmed Hirsi says his 20-year-old son Mahad was killed last fall along with cousins Hamsa and Hersi Kariye.


    A third cousin from Minnesota, Hanad Abdullahi Mohallim, was also killed, he said.

    Other family members deny the men died while fighting for ISIS, but Hirsi insists it's true.

    He said his son and two nephews left Edmonton without telling him in October 2013.

    He heard from Mahad for the last time when he called from Egypt saying he intended to leave for Syria.

    Hirsi's sister Mulki Hirsi Hassan called him last fall to break the news that all four men had been killed, he said.

    It’s not clear how the four died or if they died at the same time.

    Family from war-torn Somalia

    Hirsi said he can't understand how his son became radicalized.

    He brought his family to Canada from war-torn Somalia to live in a peaceful country, he said, and he doesn't know why his son and nephews joined ISIS.

    Mahad was an obedient son, regularly attending school. He was generous and respectful, but became unhappy with his faith, Hirsi said.

    “Some people, I don't know who he is, they make him brainwash and they change his mind,” he said.

    At least one family member insists the men did not go overseas to join ISIS.

    Guled, a brother of Hamsa and Hersi, said the men went to Egypt to pursue an education.

    “That is the path my brothers wanted to take from Day 1,” he said. "These people left their country to go study their religion.”

    He confirmed his brothers are dead, but would not say how or where. He said the family has been co-operating with CSIS, RCMP and national security.

    3 ISIS Recruits From Edmonton Believed Killed

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    Nice to see a 'good news' post for a change.

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    I hope those nice Edmonton boys didn't get brain-washed playing hockey.
    A slap shot puck to the head will do that sometimes...just sayin'

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    I doubt they'll get to Rest in Peace with those 72 virgins.

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    Or are they 72 grapes?

    Hope they're not sour.

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    ^ Good one, ENT!!


    (Sorry, can't green you. Got to spread the love. )

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    Just young folk trying to find some sense in an incoherent world and ending up fighting for a cause, any cause. That's what young folk do. Several hundred thousand went off to Spain to fight against Franco but ended up punting for Stalin. You reckon they understood? It was the craic.

    Given the utter mundanity and dreary tedium of Canadian society, so lacklustre they even make Americans look charismatic, I don't blame them.

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