FD Editor’s Note: This is a very unfriendly article, so please read it without all the accusations they wrote as facts…please make duaa for Zaynab and her family, jazak’Allah Khair.
The Ottawa-born older sister of former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr has been detained in Turkey.
It’s the latest public chapter in the story of Zaynab Khadr, who is no stranger to controversy.
Over the years, she has praised Osama bin Laden and been entangled in her (ALLEGED) family’s extremism. She was an outspoken advocate during her brother Omar’s detention, at one point holding a hunger strike on Parliament Hill.
It was not immediately clear Monday whether she has been arrested or is facing charges in Turkey. Her detention was first reported by the Toronto Star.
“We are aware of a Canadian citizen being detained in Turkey. As with any case where Canadian citizens request consular support, Canadian officials in Ankara, Turkey, are providing consular assistance,” said Tania Assaly, a spokeswoman for Global Affairs Canada. “To protect the privacy of the individual concerned, further details on this case cannot be released.”
Khadr was born in the capital in 1979, the daughter of the late alleged al-Qaida financier Ahmed Khadr and Maha Elsamnah. She was a mother figure for her siblings.
She has moved around the Middle East during her life, from Afghanistan, to Iran, to Turkey.
When she arrived in Toronto from Pakistan in February 2005, RCMP officers met her at the airport with a warrant. In her baggage, they found a laptop computer with al-Qaida videos, information about weapons, video clips from the Chechen conflict zone and the 2003 bombing of a British/American civilian compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and songs with such translated titles as I am a Terrorist and Strike and Kill the Infidels.
Her brother Abdullah later admitted the laptop was his. In a separate set of luggage shipped by Zaynab from Pakistan to Toronto, police also found a mobile hard drive with propaganda videos and a terrorist training manual.
Asked about Zaynab last fall, a family member said she had married for a fourth time and was living in the Middle East.