CSIS director Michel Coulombe waits to appear at the Senate national security committee meeting in Ottawa on April 20, 2015. (Photo: Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)Some Canadians who have joined Islamic State have gained widespread publicity. One of them, for example, was Damian Clairmont, 22, of Calgary, a convert to Islam who was killed in early 2014. Police have also charged Farah Shirdon, 22, also of Calgary, with several offences, including leaving Canada to participate in the activity of a terrorist group, taking part in the activity of a terrorist group, and threatening the U.S. and Canada.
In this June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, northwest of Baghdad. (AP Photo)German media reported that the questionnaire asked would-be recruits about any previous experience they had in jihad and whether they were prepared to be suicide bombers. The documents appear to have been collected at the end of 2013, according to various reports, but western intelligence authorities are still keen to get their hands on the files. A spokesman for Germany's federal police said Thursday they were in possession of files containing personal data on members of the extremist Islamic State and believe them to be authentic. U.S. Army Col. Steve Warren, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State, said the information could help the coalition fight the Islamic State group by aiding in a crack-down on its foreign-fighter networks. Warren called on media outlets who might have the names and numbers to publish them.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story's headline stated 12 Canadians were identified. This story has been corrected and updated.
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