Report: Canadians Held Americans Hostage in Syria

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Three Canadians were directly involved in the kidnapping of two American journalists by Islamist militants in Syria, Canada's public broadcaster reported Wednesday.

Citing unnamed sources, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said the trio -- whose identities are unknown -- forced captives Theo Curtis and Matt Schrier to reveal their computer passwords, then drained their bank accounts and racked up credit card bills.

They also wrote to the two journalists' families pretending to be the men, the CBC said. The Canadian government said it is investigating.

Curtis and Schrier were held in captivity together between 2012 and 2013. Curtis was released by the al-Qaida affiliated al-Nusra Front last month while Schrier escaped last year.

Ottawa has said as many as 130 Canadians are fighting overseas with extremist groups. Some estimates put the figure much higher.

Comments 2
Thumb Elemental 03 September 2014, 23:29

Let's be realistic, it was most likely Pakistanis or Egyptians like many of them, abusing citizenship of Canada. Same implies with other groups like HA who are Iranian yet abuse Lebanese citizenship. In the end it's foreigners abusing occupied nationalities and the normal people in the given nations are stuck saying "huh??"

Thumb kanaandian 04 September 2014, 10:19

they were most defientely pakies, egyptians, libyans, somalians or some other garbage nationality that holds our passport. do not be fooled. this isn't britain, where white men convert to the devilish cult of beheadings, gang rapes, and so forth. this is canada. when these killers return, we will be waiting for them at the airport. this isn't trudeaus canada yet.