"Voice of ISIS" Mohammed Khalifa pleads guilty
Khalifa is the lead narrator and translator of violent videos created and distributed by ISIS, including the "Flames of War".
According to the US Department of Justice, Mohammed Khalifa, a Saudi-born Canadian who joined ISIS in 2013, pleaded guilty on Friday.
Khalifa was among the key members of the ISIS propaganda team responsible for narrating and propagating violent videos, and he joined the terrorist group, inspired by the lectures of Anwar al-Awlaki, a US cleric who later became a leading figure in al-Qaeda.
He narrated and translated nearly 15 videos for ISIS, two of which were the notoriously violent and 'influential' videos of "Flames of War" and its sequel. The films were used to recruit individuals for the terrorist organization or to incite them to kill westerners and commit international terrorist attacks.
At a hearing in the US District Court in Alexandria, VA, US District Judge T.S. Ellis III accepted Khalifa's plea of conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, resulting in death.
Khalifa was born in Saudi Arabia, and his sentencing is scheduled for April 15, 2022.
Khalifa became an important propaganda piece due to his knowledge of English. The brutal videos of beheadings were led by the propaganda team Khalifa was a key member of.
During an interview with Canada's Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Khalifa expressed no remorse for his crimes.