EDMONTON, Alberta – An appeals court has ruled a Canadian man should be extradited to the United States to face charges that he helped coordinate Tunisian jihadists believed responsible for a suicide attack in Iraq in 2009 that killed five American soldiers outside a U.S. base.
Sayfildin Tahir Sharif, who holds dual Canadian-Iraqi citizenship, was arrested in 2011 on a U.S. warrant and has been fighting extradition to New York.
The prosecution says intercepted phone and Internet conversations show Sharif helped jihadists contact members of a terror network as they travelled from Tunisia to Iraq for the attack. Sharif never left Canada as part of the alleged conspiracy.
Sharif was appealing decisions that said there was enough evidence to extradite him on terrorism charges. The appeals court announced the decision Monday.