Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ISIS Threatens Canadians in New Audio Recording

In response to a new audio recording encouraging Islamic State supporters to kill Canadians, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canada is continually looking at new ways to fight security threats from both organizations and individuals.

Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Harper told reporters that Canadian security agencies are constantly monitoring and tracking security threats. The government is also looking at ways to strengthen laws and co-operate with allies to mitigate threats, Harper said.

He added that Canada's military contribution to a U.S.-led coalition to fight the Islamic State -- also known as ISIS or ISIL -- is an "important" part of fighting the extremist group.

The Islamic State has released a 42-minute propaganda audio recording, during which followers are urged to kill Canadians.

The commitment of Canadian special ops forces to serve in a non-combative advisory mission, as well as humanitarian aid, is a critical component to fighting IS, he said.

Harper added: "We are continuing our dialogue with our allies to identify ways that we can assist in responding to what is a genuinely serious threat.”

Earlier Monday, the prime minister’s director of communications, Jason MacDonald, said that Canada will work with allies to fight back against the threat posed by IS.

"ISIS represents a threat not just to stability in the Middle East, but to global security. That is why we have taken the steps we have to provide humanitarian aid to Iraqis in the path of ISIS' barbarous rampage, and military aid to Iraqi security forces," he said.

"Like our allies we will not be cowed by threats while innocent children, women, men and religious minorities live in fear of these terrorists."


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