Details are emerging how a Canadian intelligence asset smuggled then 15 year old Shamima Begum into ISIS territory when she was a minor. While conducting a news conference on Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “The fight against terrorism requires our intelligence services to continue to be flexible and to be creative in their approaches.”
It is unclear the context the Prime Minister had in mind when making this statement while referring to the trafficking of a minor across borders into the hands of a known terrorist organization. However Mr. Trudeau did vow to launch an investigation into the affair to be sure the rules were followed “every step of the way”.
Mohamed Rasheed at that time was gathering intelligence for the Canadian authorities and helped smuggle Shamima Begum along with her two school friends Kadiza Sultana (16 yrs) and Amira Abase (15yrs) across the Turkish border into Syria. Sultana was killed in an airstrike in 2016 while Abase’s whereabouts are unknown.
UK authorities seemed to knowingly withhold the Canadian intelligence asset’s role in the trafficking of Ms. Begum when the British authorities were deciding whether or not to remove her citizenship. Shamima Begum, now 23, is currently being held in a prison camp run by non-state Kurdish militias that are funded by both the US and UK.