How Canada’s allies treat returning ISIS fighters

Thousands of Western citizens have travelled to the Middle East over the last several years to fight for The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. With the collapse of ISIS, its militants are attempting to return to their countries of origin.

The Trudeau government estimates that at least 60 ISIS fighters have returned to Canada.

However, rather than prosecuting these violent criminals, the Trudeau government has decided to “rehabilitate” them.

Trudeau even went as far to say that that returning ISIS members could serve as “powerful” voices in Canada. Seriously.

One of those returned ISIS fighters now goes to university in the Toronto area, despite openly admitting his ghastly war crimes to a New York Times podcast.

Given Justin Trudeau’s soft approach to terrorism, it’s worth examining how our closest allies deal with their citizens who defect to ISIS:


  • Around 200 Australians travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight for ISIS.
  • Australia strips ISIS fighters of citizenship, which means that they cannot legally return to Australia once they leave for the Middle East.
  • ISIS fighters who return to Australia may be sentenced to up to 25 years in a high-security prison.


  • 2,000 French citizens have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight for ISIS.
  • It is the policy of the French government to kill French ISIS members before they return to France.
  • France has enlisted the Iraqi army to eliminate French citizens fighting for ISIS in Iraq and Syria, providing crucial intelligence to Iraq about “high value targets” in the Levant.
  • In October 2017, France’s Minister of the Armed Forces, Florence Parly, announced that France wants “to go to the end of this combat and of course if jihadists die in the fighting, then I’d say it’s for the best.”
  • Former French President François Hollande has confirmed to journalists that he personally authorized at least four killings of “high value targets” by special forces.



The True North Initiative believes if you travelled abroad to fight for ISIS and you return to Canada, you belong behind bars.