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Mauritania's consul in Montreal said Mauritania has been holding Canadian citizen Aaron Yoon, an acquaintance of two Canadian jihadists killed during the In Amenas attack in Algeria. Yoon was arrested "months ago," well before the attack, and is part of an investigation on "serious matters."
The two Canadian jihadists killed during the January siege of the In Amenas oil facility in Algeria have been identified; the two men, Xristos Katsiroubas and Ali Medlej, had become friends in London, Ont., and were known to Canadian intelligence as early as 2007. Two of their associates are also believed to have gone overseas possibly for jihad, but their whereabouts are unknown.
Canadian police confirmed that the remains of a second Canadian terrorist killed during the In Amenas siege in Algeria have been identified, but did not disclose the terrorist's name. The RCMP's criminal investigation into the matter is ongoing.
Canada is "actively lobbying European Union countries" to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. EU foreign ministers are scheduled to meet on Monday, where they will discuss the Bulgarian government's findings of the Burgas terror attack, which it says was carried out by a Hezbollah cell. One member of the cell was a Canadian citizen.
A recently disclosed intelligence report from March 2011 concluded that Islamist extremists in Canada came from a variety of backgrounds and that they tended to be well integrated into Canadian society, well educated, and highly religious. It also found few instances of "self-radicalization" among Canadian Islamist extremists. As of Feb. 8, 2011, 18 of the 24 suspects arrested under the Anti-Terrorism Act were Canadian citizens.
Canada will provide additional air transport for the military intervention in Mali. West African nations are also asking Canada and other Western countries to provide logistical support for the African troops going into Mali.
Canada is considering the manner in which it will support the UN resolution on Mali. The Foreign Affairs minister said there will be no Canadian military mission in Mali; the Defense Minister speculated about a Canadian training mission in the country.
Canada pledged an additional $15 million in humanitarian aid to help with the Syrian refugee crisis, but held back from granting official recognition to the Syrian National Coalition. Foreign Minister Baird said Canada first needed to see that all groups, such as Kurds, Christians, and Sunni and Shiite Muslims, are assured a place in Syria, and that extremists are excluded from the Coalition.