July 17, 2017 4:15 pm

Omar Khadr’s $10M payout nabs U.S. media attention as MP pens op-ed

Omar Khadr's $10.5 million compensation from the federal government is getting more attention in the U.S.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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The federal payout to Omar Khadr had received meagre attention in the U.S. media – until now.

The Wall Street Journal has published a scorching op-ed written by opposition MP Peter Kent that’s now gaining traction elsewhere.

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The former journalist penned a piece titled, “A Terrorist’s Big Payday, Courtesy of Trudeau.”

The item began with a description of Khadr killing an American army medic, Christopher Speer, when he was 15 years old and fighting alongside al-Qaida in Afghanistan.

It explained how Khadr won a court fight in Canada, was repatriated there, released on bail and then sued the Canadian government for $20 million.

The Conservative MP criticized the Trudeau government for settling with Khadr, while the victim’s family got nothing.

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