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What is it like to be part of a community jihadis seek to ‘eliminate’?

Some in Canada think that those who joined ISIS are ‘victims’ who need to be ‘rescued’. How do real victims, i.e. Yazidis, feel about this?

Episode 198 – ISIS crimes against the Yazidis are things we must never forget

Everyone knows of the brutality of ISIS, the so-called Islamic State terrorist group. During its short-lived ‘Caliphate’ in parts of Iraq, Syria and Kurdistan from 2014-2019 it engaged in heinous crimes against thousands, beheading, drowning, burning alive, throwing people off buildings…real acts of depravity. One group which was a particular target were the Yazidis, who have lived in the region for centuries. Borealis talks to the president of the Canadian Yazidi Association to understand what this period meant to the global Yazidi community and how it feels to see Canadians who joined ISIS portrayed as ‘victims’ who need to be repatriated from Iraq and Syria.

About my guest

Jamileh Naso is a co-founder and President of the Canadian Yazidi Association,  a non-profit organization designed to assist Yazidis in need. It was founded shortly after ISIS’s genocidal campaign to eradicate the Yazidi people in August 2014 in Iraq. The Canadian Yazidi Association seeks to implement projects and programs to support members of the Yazidi community and create local and global awareness of the plight of the Yazidis.

Over 2,000 kidnapped Yezidi women remain in ISIS custody (

Nearly 300,000 Yazidis remain in Kurdistan Region… |


In a world of multiple voices and opinions it can be very hard to know where to turn.  One choice is to look to those who actually worked in counter-terrorism in the national security world. In these half-hour podcasts, 30-year Canadian intelligence veteran Phil Gurski is joined by a fascinating array of individuals with something meaningful to say about these issues as they provide insight into what they mean and what we need to do about them. 

About Phil Gurski 

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specialising in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation. He is the author of six books on terrorism, including the most recent The Peaceable Kingdom: A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.