UK, Canada at odds over dual citizen Daesh terrorist

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"The Government of Canada is engaged in these cases and is providing assistance - to the limited extent possible", Barbara Harvey, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada, confirmed to CTV News in an email. "By taking our people back, we can be an example of how to deal with this ..."

With Jihadi Jack now losing his United Kingdom citizenship, many have begun to argue that Canada should also revoke his citizenship, or even worse yet, do the same for other Canadians who have left to fight overseas.

"I genuinely don't care if they give me a piece of paper saying whether I'm British or not", he told Sky News.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has said that consular services can not be provided to Canadian citizens in Syria because of "undue risk in this risky part of the world".

"I always expected Canada would help me, and they didn't", Jack Letts said in a video posted to the ITV News website on Monday. "A Conservative government under my leadership will not lift a finger to bring him back to Canada", Scheer said in a statement.

Even if it were possible for them to leave Syria, these suspected ISIS fighters would most likely be detained by authorities and face serious charges - possibly even death sentence - in neighbouring countries, Canadian officials say. He's now being held captive in Syria.

Amarnath Amarasingam, an assistant professor at Queen's University who researches extremism, said he doesn't think John Letts and Ms. The couple - who have now separated - held off making the move public, but it was reported on the weekend by Britain's Mail On Sunday newspaper.

The Muslim convert nicknamed Jihadi Jack has appealed to Canada to take him after being stripped of his British citizenship - as it emerged that he will escape prosecution there.

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But since his capture, he said he had "no intention" of killing Britons.

In 2015, he posted on Facebook that he would like to perform a "martyrdom operation" on a group of British soldiers.

His parents say Jack had given others his Facebook password and believe his account was hacked.

Upon his arrival in Syria at age 18, Letts had declared he was an "enemy of Britain", according to The Telegraph. "I never killed anyone though, I've never taken anyone a slave, I've never even hurt anyone in ISIS". These things have very little meaning to me to be honest.

Britain's decision prompted a stern response from Canada. "I only ever fought the Syrian regime which killed one million people".

Jack has often visited Canada, most of his extended family live here, and he was actually baptized in a Catholic Church near Chatham, Ont., where Letts grew up, the father said. He has also said Global Affairs Canada told the family for months that it was working to get Jack released, but the department then decided it was too unsafe.

NDP spokeswoman Mélanie Richer said: "As much as we may loathe the actions of Canadians who have committed terrorist offences, ... having them go through the Canadian justice system is at the core of a society that's rule-based and respects the rule of law". He claims he deserted the terror group because he decided they were not Islamic.

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