Extremist named John Maguire: Ottawa student likely joined ISIS after converting to Islam and moving to Syria


By Stewart Bell


Before he left Canada last year, John Maguire, a recent convert to Islam, told a student he knew from the University of Ottawa’s multi-faith prayer room that he would be going away, but he was uncertain about whether he was coming back.

“We’ll see,” he said.

Although there were rumours, nobody was quite sure what had happened to Mr. Maguire until the RCMP showed up at his mother Patricia’s house a few months later. They said he was in Syria. They said he had travelled there on a one-way ticket.

Since then, he has made no secret of his newfound extremism, writing online under the name Yahya Maguire that Canada was “evil” and that what he had done offered “the reward of jihad” and “the opportunity for martyrdom.”

The 23-year-old, who once aspired to play in the NHL, is now one of dozens of Canadians under RCMP investigation after allegedly making their way to Syria, some to join extremist factions such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham.


  1. When they reach the point of the kind of behavior we see being committed by IS, I’m afraid that the only answer is a missile in the face. Best if they never come home to bring their brand of the dark ages here.

  2. Canada seems to be producing quite a few Islamic Terrorists and yet the moderate Muslims seem to deny any problems. What seems to be alarming though is that they can come and go with ease, and get free health care to boot. The security agencies are not on the ball.

  3. Their brand of dark ages is already warmly coddled at home where political correctness has gone criminally insane as illustrated by the over 1,400 children raped and trafficked in Rotherham, England, by men of Pakistani heritage which the authorities did nothing about for fear of appearing “racist”.

  4. If you are Canadian you should spend more time reading the news, a Calgary Imam has spoken out against IS murderers and is on a hunger strike.

    It was also the "security agencies" that found him, not sure how they could have stopped him leaving the country but again a Canadian was sentenced last week for INTENDING to travel abroad to support…

    What has free* health care got to do with anything? ALL of the civilised world has "free healthcare" what is your point?

    *(Free = paid for with your taxes)

  5. A general comment; The atrocities being committed by ISIS today are indistinguishable from those of the Israelites in biblical times – Suggest a read of Numbers cpt 31 vs 7-18. You will read of atrocities such as; Genocide – Sexual Slavery – implied abuse of infant girls – killing (beheading) by the sword – destruction of property – and taking Virgin Girls ‘for yourselves ! These actions, being justified by both ISIS and Israelites alike as; God Told Us To Do It . It makes it difficult for Christians in particular to pass judgement when their own loving God (Yaweh) instructs such behaviour. Religion ! What is it good for . . . . . . . . . . . . . ? Correct

  6. I have heard many pundits on the CBC and BBC agonising on why anyone could be radicalised and what could be done not stop it. To me it seems quite logical. The west including Israel has behaved quite badly to the people of the middle east, stealing their oil, bombing them, killing their kids, torturing them, using banned weapons, desecrating their mosques… I have have no blood ties to these people, yet I consider the west the bad guys in the conflict. Westerners tend to think it is ok to take revenge on any Muslim for the crime of any other Muslim. There is a lot of racism fuelling this conflict.

    So surely someone with ties to the region or Islam or relatives there could easily feel compelled to take up arms in defence.

    The solution is not better propaganda, but to start treating the people of the middle east fairly.

  7. ”Their brand of dark ages is already warmly coddled at home where political correctness has gone criminally insane as illustrated by the over 1,400 children raped and trafficked in Rotherham, England, by men of Pakistani heritage which the authorities did nothing about for fear of appearing “racist”.”

    Or it could be that the authorities were looking for an excuse not to act. After all, what sort of people put their own self image ahead of the welfare of children? Answer: those who CARE about their own image more than the welfare of children. Sounds like the problem is the authorities, not ”political correctness”.

  8. Promethean Entity Sep 6, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    ”Their brand of dark ages is already warmly coddled at home where political correctness has gone criminally insane

    In the brain-befuddled world of political correctness, those bandying words are taken seriously by those too clueless to recognise researched evidence based views.

    Therefore persistent assertions are allowed to be viewed as reasoned cases!

    This earlier discussion had a good analogy showing the unconvincable delusionist proclaiming their “victory” over a superior opponent!


  9. Some viewpoints that are being overlooked in the sanctimonious whining over ISIS that is of the type typically seen in these comments sections whenever Islam is broached:

    “A “coalition of the willing” that mainly comprises Anglo-American militaries that shatter Arab lands, along with Arab and Asian autocrats in whose jails the seeds of Al-Qaeda were incubated in the 1980s, is not a serious venture to fight Islamist military and extremism. Such a combination of states is the very force that has given birth and sustenance to them.”

    ”Avoid a rerun of the war on terror”, Rami G. Kouri, The Daily Star,

    “As ISIS has grown, it’s used neighboring Turkey, a key U.S. ally, as its staging ground. For three years, the Turkish government has allowed fighters to stream across its borders into Syria…”

    ”As Turkey turns blind eye, ISIS takes advantage”, Holly Williams, CBS News

    “The U.S. and its allies destabilized Iraq and Syria in turn, creating safe havens for extremists that previously did not exist. U.S. allies provided the material support that allowed ISIS and groups like it to become threats to the entire region, despite lacking any substantial popular base in Syria and Iraq.” “Extremist groups like ISIS and Jabhat al-Nusra have been consistently aided by disastrous Western interventions in the Middle East and the influence of regional actors like Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Responsibility for the rise of ISIS isn’t much of a mystery: the West and its allies just have to look in the mirror.”

    ”Iran didn’t create ISIS, we did”, Ben Reynolds, The Diplomat

    ”Maybe I should do that once a week: do you remember how I (among others) warned during the days of the romanticization and glamoration of the “Syrian revolution” that the US policies and the permission to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey to shower the rebels with weapons and money that a monster would be produced? The US can’t in any way, along with Western governments, wash their hands of the responsibility for the unleashing of ISIS, just as they could not wash their hands of responsibility for the creation of Al-Qa`idah from the womb of their highly touted Mujahidin of Afghanistan.”

    As’ad AbuKhalil, The Angry Arab News Service

    Just food for thought. On behalf of ISIS and other Islamist fanatics, I’d like to give a big Thank You to George W. Bush, the CIA, the US-backed Saudi and Qatari autocracies, and the US ally Turkey. You all did things that predictably led to the creation of a monster like ISIS. Whenever you hear someone bleating on about about the ”need” for the US to intervene once again in the Middle East, you can be sure that this person is a mouthpiece rather than an authentic journalist.

    Want to stop the rise of al-Qaeda type terrorists? It’s not that hard. Just stop helping them get so powerful in the first place.

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