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Convicted Palestinian terrorist Mahmoud Mohammed Issa Mohammad was finally deported to Lebanon after exhausting legal avenues to remain in Canada, where he has lived since 1987. A Greek court had convicted him of killing an Israeli in a terror attack on an El Al jet in Athens in 1968; he was released after serving less than two years of a 17-year sentence.
The Foreign Affairs Minister plans to fight "tooth and nail" to keep the UN's International Civil Aviation Organization, which since 1947 has set international rules for airplane transportation from its Montreal base, in Canada. The ICAO is also a designated emergency headquarters for the UN in the event of attack or disaster. Qatar is trying to muster votes from Arab states to move the ICAO to the Middle East, partly in retaliation for Canada's support of Israel.
Lawyers for convicted terrorist Omar Khadr said they plan to appeal his conviction. He was transferred to a Canadian prison from Guantanamo in 2012, and is eligible for a parole hearing this summer. Canadian authorities say his fate rests with the Parole Board of Canada.
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.
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.
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.
Canadian-born Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr, 26, was repatriated to Canada. In 2010, he pled guilty to crimes including membership in al Qaeda and murdering a US soldier in Afghanistan, and this spring was cleared for release to Canada. He will be eligible for parole in 2013.
A crowd of about 1,500 gathered around the US Embassy in Toronto on Saturday to protest against an anti-Islam film. During the protest, which was organized by the Muslim Congress and Canadians Against Blasphemy, many carried Islamic flags and chanted "Shame, shame, shame, USA."
Calling Iran the biggest threat to global security, Canada closed its embassy in Tehran and gave Iranian diplomats five days to leave Canada. Canada designated Iran a state sponsor of terrorism for giving material support to terrorist groups, and also cited Iran's growing aid to the Assad regime, its disregard for both human rights and UN resolutions on its nuclear program, and its genocidal attitude toward Israel.
The father of 23-year-old Canadian William Plotnikov confirmed that his son was killed by Russian security forces in Dagestan on July 13. The Muslim convert had traveled from Canada to Dagestan in 2010 and joined an Islamist terror group in Utamysh near Makhachkala, the Dagestani capital.
The government asked the US to turn over videotapes of psychiatric interviews with Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr before Canada will decide whether to allow his repatriation. If transferred to Canada, Khadr could be paroled as early as 2013. A psychiatrist said Khadr was unrepentant and would likely continue to serve al Qaeda.
The foreign minister said Canada does not plan to send troops to Mali but supports diplomatic action to resolve the current crisis triggered by the Islamist takeover of northern Mali. A Quebec woman, Mouna Diab, faces terrorism charges for her role in a Lebanese community operation to smuggle arms to Hezbollah.
Canada and the US issued a joint statement of privacy principles on the exchange of information regarding persons and cargo crossing their borders. Under the agreement, more information will be shared between the two countries, and either country can release information obtained about border crossings to a third country, subject to certain safeguards.