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Terrorist Attack On NYC-Toronto Train Thwarted

From Reuters:

Canada thwarts "al Qaeda-backed" train plot, Iran denies role

By Euan Rocha and Alastair Sharp | April 23, 2012

TORONTO (Reuters) – Canadian police have arrested two men and charged them with plotting to derail a Toronto-area passenger train in an operation that they say was backed by al Qaeda elements in Iran.

"Had this plot been carried out, it would have resulted in innocent people being killed or seriously injured," Royal Canadian Mounted Police official James Malizia told reporters on Monday.

U.S. officials said the attack would have targeted a rail line between New York and Toronto, a route that travels along the Hudson Valley and enters Canada near Niagara Falls.

In fact, the train originates from Pennsylvania Station in Manhattan.

By the way, doesn’t this speak to immigration and especially, border security? But at least these would-be terrorists were caught before they acted. If they had tried this in Mexico, would the Mexican police have caught them?

The RCMP said it had arrested Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, and Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto in connection with the plot. Authorities said it was not linked to last week’s Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 200.

Neither suspect is a Canadian citizen, and police did not reveal their nationalities. Two sources following the investigation said one was Tunisian.

Wonder what their religious persuasion is?

Canada’s intelligence agency has long expressed concern about the possibility that disgruntled and radicalized Canadians could attack targets at home and abroad.

Especially, since they have had several of their own would-be terror attacks. In fact, as recently as 2006, police arrested 18 people in and around Toronto who they said were part of a Qaeda-affiliated group that planned attacks in Canada.

Eleven were convicted or pleaded guilty while charges against the remainder of the suspects were dropped.

Police gave little detail about the alleged plotters, but said a tip from the Muslim community had helped their year-long investigation.


Esseghaier has been a doctoral student at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique near Montreal since 2010 and was about midway through his degree, the school said.

"He is doing a PhD in the field of energy and materials sciences," said Julie Martineau, the school’s director of communications…

Explosives? How handy.

Malizia said they had received "support from al Qaeda elements located in Iran", but added that there was no sign that the conspiracy, which police described as the first known al Qaeda-backed plot on Canadian soil, had been sponsored by the Iranian state…

Al Qaeda was helping them. But it wasn’t a conspiracy.

Nevertheless, Iran reacted angrily….

"No shred of evidence regarding those who’ve been arrested and stand accused has been provided," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said on Tuesday, according to the Mehr news agency…

Al Qaeda is strongly Sunni Muslim-oriented. Shi’ite Iran did host some senior al Qaeda figures under a form of house arrest in the years following the September 11 attacks, but there has been little to no evidence of joint attempts to stage attacks against the West…

Isn’t it time we put to bed the myth that ‘Sunnis and Shi’ites won’t work together’? We should know by now that they are perfectly happy to coordinate their efforts against the Great Satan, or any Western country.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Terrorist Attack On NYC-Toronto Train Thwarted”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Canada thwarts terror bombing. Good. On the job.

    The Harper government then used the planned bombing to expedite passage of a relatively slow-moving bill that would restrict civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism.


    Coming Soon! to a government near you ….

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