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Reintegrating Canada's ISIS recruits

What should happen to Canadian adherents of ISIS who decide to return to Canada? Bessma Momani, associate professor in International Affairs at the University of Waterloo, says prosecuting returning fighters wouldn't be useful. Instead, she says they should be put to work fighting radicalization.
A CF-18 Hornet awaits its next mission against ISIS at the Canadian Forces base in Kuwait on Dec. 2. (Canadian Forces Combat Camera)

One day, the fight against ISIS will be over. One possible outcome? ISIS is defeated, its leadership destroyed, and its forces in disarray. If that happens, the Canadians who left the country to join the terrorist group, might want to come home.


The intelligence and policing approach so far has been to try and prevent people from leaving Canada to join in the first place.


But what about the fighters who decide to return to Canada and face the consequences? Bessma Momani, associate professor in International Affairs at the University of Waterloo, and a senior fellow with the Centre for  International Governance Innovation, says prosecuting returning fighters wouldn't be useful. Instead, she says they should be put to work fighting radicalization here at home.

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