Two more Canadians may have joined the growing ranks of foreign fighters trying to establish an Islamic state in Syria and Iraq, according to CBC News.
Family and friends in Calgary said brothers, Gregory and Collin Gordon, recently converted to Islam and became known to members of Calgary’s Muslim community as Abdul Malik and Khalid.
According to the national broadcaster, both were active on social media expressing their strong support for the Islamic State terrorist group — formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) — which continues to brutally murder civilians and capture territory across Syria and northern Iraq.
In one Twitter post, Collin, who reportedly uses the name Abu Ibrahim Canadi, described the recent execution of U.S. journalist James Foley as “the perfection of terrorism.”
In another Twitter post on Aug. 23 a photo shows a number of men sitting on a rug with several automatic weapons and clips with the caption “M16 training.”
Sources told the CBC that the brothers disappeared in late 2012, around the same time as their former roommates Damian Clairmont and Salman Ashrafi, who are also believed to have travelled to Syria.
Ashrafi was identified as a suicide bomber in an Islamic State operation in Iraq that killed 46 people last November, while Clairmont was killed fighting in Syria earlier this year.
It’s not clear why the brothers decided to convert to radical Islam and join fighters in the Middle East.
Canadian authorities estimate there are about 130 Canadians that have joined terrorist groups in Syria, Yemen, Somalia and North Africa.