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The two suspects in an al Qaeda plot to bomb a passenger train, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, appeared in court in Montreal and Toronto, respectively. They face charges for acts in 2012 involving conspiracy and terrorism linked to a terrorist group. Iran's Foreign Minister called Canadian officials' claims linking the plotters to al Qaeda operatives in Iran "ridiculous" and "hilarious." A tip from a Toronto imam over a year ago led to the investigation. Canadian authorities sped up the arrests after the Boston Marathon bombings.




Toronto terrorism suspect Raed Jaser had 2001 death threat conviction pardoned




NYPD's Ray Kelly: Boston Bombers Represent New Jihadist Threat




Boston Attack Sped Canada Arrests




Afghan Diplomats Do Not Return, Seek Asylum: Experts




Canadian terror plot linked to al Qaeda in Iran

Chiheb-Esseghaier-Linkedin.jpgA senior police official said two suspects involved in a plot to blow up a train received "support from al Qaeda elements located in Iran." A Linkedin page of one of the suspects displayed al Qaeda's black banner.


Canadian authorities disrupted a major terror plot, arresting Raed Jaser, 35, in Toronto, and Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, in Montreal. The al Qaeda-linked terrorists planned to bomb a passenger train in the Toronto area and possibly other targets. The plot was said to be in the planning stage and not imminent. The US is helping in the extensive ongoing investigation. The suspects were receiving support and guidance from al Qaeda elements in Iran.




Egypt's Coptic Christians live in fear of Islamic extremists




How do middle-class Canadian kids become international terrorists?




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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."




Search for Palestinian Authority's missing millions leads to Canada




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.




Hezbollah deliberately seeks Canadians because of internationally accepted passports: senior intelligence official




Militants Crossed Africa for Siege, Algeria Probe Says




How the Arab Spring sparked a Canadian awakening




Al Qaeda targets French citizens abroad as no-go zones grow




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.


 
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