Ten months after returning to Canada from Turkey, a Toronto-area woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to join the so-called Islamic State.

Haleema Mustafa was taken into custody at around noon on Wednesday in Markham, Ont., North of Toronto, and appeared in court Thursday to face charges.

The Prosecutor Canada said Mustafa facing two charges of terrorism: to leave Canada to participate in the activities of a terrorist group and participation in the activities of terrorist groups.

A woman who answered the door at the family home declined to comment. husband Mustafa, Ikar Mao, was charged with two violations of the same last December and the remains in custody.

The couple left Toronto together in June 2019 and was caught in the Turkish city an hour away from the Syrian border. They were detained and returned to Canada separately in October.

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Some women face terrorism charges in Canada.

While women have a long history of involvement in a terrorist group, the Canadian authorities have charged only three women with terrorism since 2013 – and only one of them be punished.

“In Canada, there are only a handful of women who have been accused of committing acts of terrorism, ” said Jessica Davis, author of Women in Modern Terrorism: From Liberation Wars Global Jihad and the Islamic State.

Rehab Dughmosh trying to join ISIS in 2016 but was stopped by the Turkish authorities. Sent back to Canada, he was planning attacks in Toronto Canadian Tire and sentenced in 2019.

In Montreal, Sabrine Djermane was charged with trying to join ISIS her husband El Mehdi Jamali, but was released in 2018. The peace terrorism Bonds then imposed on the couple.

Although not related to ISIS, Amanda Korody found guilty by a jury in 2015 tried to bomb the Canada Day celebrations in Victoria, but the judge ruled she and her husband were caught by the police.

“So in general, the cost and the belief that is quite rare, but it does not always represent how many women are actively involved in terrorism in Canada,” said Davis.

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