Canadian volunteers fighting alongside Kurds might violate anti-terror law

OTTAWA - An intelligence assessment by Transport Canada says Canadian volunteers fighting with Kurdish forces in northern Iraq and Syria could face prosecution under the country's tough anti-terror laws.

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The department, one of many federal agencies with a security assessment branch, wrote a secret "Canadian Eyes Only" analysis of the Kurdish soldiers being trained in the Middle East by Canada and its coalition partners.

The report, dated Nov. 28, 2014, and obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, parses the various branches and factions of the peshmerga, which make up almost 60 per cent of Kurdish security forces in the region.

One of the factions is the People's Worker Party, or PKK, which is designated as a terrorist entity under Canadian law.

The report says "any Canadians claiming to have links" to the organization are "likely to become the subject of Canada's anti-terror legislation."

It is unclear how many Canadians are fighting with the PKK or another faction known as the People's Protection Units (YPG), but there have been several reports since the war heated up in the summer of 2014.



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