Highlights/Canadian hostages

International, Society

Ontario mother among 2 Canadians freed in Syria

Two Canadians, including a mother of two young boys, held by an al-Qaeda affiliate have been freed from Syria, Canadian officials confirmed Monday. Jolly Bimbachi and Sean Moore, both from Chatham, Ontario, were being held by al-Qaeda offshoot Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Syria and were released» 

International, Society

Philippine forces kill militant behind beheadings of two Canadians

Philippine security forces hunting Islamist militants in a central Philippine island have killed a key commander who had been blamed for the beheadings of two Canadian hostages in 2016. The military in Sulu confirmed that Abu Sayyaf leader Muammar Askali, who used» 

International, Politics

Ottawa urged to review its hostage crisis strategy

The federal government is facing renewed calls to review its strategy of dealing with hostage situations involving Canadians abducted abroad following the deaths of two Canadians executed by their captors in the Philippines earlier this year. John Ridsdel and Robert» 


PM Trudeau outraged by ‘cold-blooded’ murder of Canadian hostage

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his “outrage” Monday following news that Canadian hostage John Ridsdel was beheaded by suspected Islamist militants in the Philippines. “Canada condemns withour reservation the brutality of the hostage takers and this unnecessary death,” sombre-looking Trudeau told reporters from»