Spy agency sees sharp increase in Canadians joining Islamic State

April 20, 2015 8:43 PM

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Spy agency sees sharp increase in Canadians joining Islamic State

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The number of Canadians leaving to join militant groups in Iraq and Syria such as Islamic State has increased 50 percent in the past few months, a senior security official said on Monday.

"The terrorist threat to Canada's national security interests has never been as direct or immediate," Michel Coulombe, head of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service spy agency, told a Senate committee.

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