Canadians From Calgary to Timmins Heed Islamic State

The Islamic State is proving more successful at attracting vulnerable Canadian youth to its cause than al-Qaeda ever was, and terrorism experts attribute that in part to the group’s military success and its brash use of social media.

Canadians from cities as diverse as oil-hub Calgary to the northern mining town of Timmins have traveled to countries like Syria to join the fighting, according to security officials. Police are currently monitoring about 90 other people who intend to go abroad to join militant groups or have returned.

The country’s decision on Oct. 3 to begin air strikes against the extremist group may have fueled recruiting while, paradoxically, measures to stop them from leaving the country may be encouraging action at home, people who study terrorism say.