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Al Qaeda train plot in Canada foiled......train was headed into the US

Posted by on Apr. 22, 2013 at 5:42 PM
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Just saw this on CNN and thought I would share. Seems the terrorists are busy everywhere. 

 

Official: Thwarted terror plot targeted train from Canada to U.S.

By Chelsea J. Carter and Catherine Shoichet, CNN
updated 5:18 PM EDT, Mon April 22, 2013
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Police: 'No imminent threat' to public

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser are charged with plotting to attack a train
  • NEW: The two are charged with "receiving support from al Qaeda elements in Iran"
  • The suspects "were receiving support from al Qaeda elements in Iran," police say
  • The support entailed direction and guidance, police say

(CNN) -- [Breaking news update 5:17 p.m. ET]

(CNN) -- The thwarted terror plot in Canada was targeting a train "going from Canada to the U.S.," Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told CNN in an interview to be broadcast on the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer on Monday.

[Original story published at 5:06 p.m ET]

Canadian police: 2 arrested in al Qaeda-supported terror plot

Authorities have arrested two men accused of planning to carry out an al Qaeda-supported attack against a Canadian passenger train on one of its busiest routes, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Monday.

Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, are charged with "receiving support from al Qaeda elements in Iran" to carry out an attack and conspiring to murder people on a VIA railway train in the greater Toronto area, Assistant Police Commissioner James Malizia said.

"When I speak about supported, I mean direction and guidance," he said.

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Close-up look at disrupted terror plot

Despite the allegation of links to al Qaeda in Iran, there was no evidence to suggest the planned attacks were state-sponsored, Malizia said.

Authorities said the suspects were not Canadian citizens, but declined to identify their nationality or how long they had been in Canada.

There was no link between the Canadian investigation and the Boston Marathon bomb attack, an official with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told CNN on condition of anonymity.

Canadian authorities were tight-lipped about the planned time frame of the alleged attack except to say it was in the planning stage and not imminent.

"We are alleging these two individuals took steps and conducted activities to conduct a terrorist attack," Police Capt. Jennifer Strackan told reporters.

"They watched trains and railways in the greater Toronto area."

The alleged attack included a plan to derail a passenger train, she said.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation quoted "highly placed sources" as saying the suspects were under surveillance for more than a year.

The CBC reported that the investigation was "part of a cross-border operation involving Canadian law enforcement agencies, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security."

Essenghaier, of Montreal, and Jaser, of Toronto, will make their first court appearance on Tuesday, police said.

News of the arrests came the same day Canada's parliament debated an anti-terrorism bill.

CNN's Steve Almasy and Paula Newton contributed to this report.



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AlekD
by Gold Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 5:47 PM
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Canada? Really? Why would anyone want to attack Canadians? Crazy.
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cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Apr. 22, 2013 at 5:50 PM

One of the first sentences of the story indicates that the train was headed from Canada into the US. It wasn't a plot to hurt Canadians at all, but rather Americans across the border. 

Quoting AlekD:

Canada? Really? Why would anyone want to attack Canadians? Crazy.



BookMama3
by on Apr. 22, 2013 at 6:36 PM
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Thank you Canada. 

KreatingMe
by Bronze Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM
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The timing is awfull coincidental, isn't it ? 

lga1965
by on Apr. 22, 2013 at 6:39 PM

 Oh my.

Yes. thank you Canada for preventng a potential disaster.

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Apr. 22, 2013 at 6:44 PM
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How?

Do you think a car accident in New York is coincidental with a car accident in Seattle, too?

Name the single day when all the bad guys in the world said, 'oh, hey, enough already, there's already something bad over there...'

Quoting KreatingMe:

The timing is awfull coincidental, isn't it ? 


KreatingMe
by Bronze Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 6:48 PM

It's not an accident, it was planned and calculated. 

Quoting LindaClement:

How?

Do you think a car accident in New York is coincidental with a car accident in Seattle, too?

Name the single day when all the bad guys in the world said, 'oh, hey, enough already, there's already something bad over there...'

Quoting KreatingMe:

The timing is awfull coincidental, isn't it ? 



canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 7:46 PM
It was also not imminent. Meaning, the attack was still in the planning stage and not about to occur. It could have been weeks, months, even a year or more before the actually derailed a trail, detonated a bomb, or whatever their plans were.

Quoting KreatingMe:

It's not an accident, it was planned and calculated. 

Quoting LindaClement:

How?

Do you think a car accident in New York is coincidental with a car accident in Seattle, too?

Name the single day when all the bad guys in the world said, 'oh, hey, enough already, there's already something bad over there...'

Quoting KreatingMe:

The timing is awfull coincidental, isn't it ? 



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KreatingMe
by Bronze Member on Apr. 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

I understand that. My point was that it's not comparable to an accident because the plan was calculated, even though the plans were never carried through. 

Quoting canadianmom1974:

It was also not imminent. Meaning, the attack was still in the planning stage and not about to occur. It could have been weeks, months, even a year or more before the actually derailed a trail, detonated a bomb, or whatever their plans were.

Quoting KreatingMe:

It's not an accident, it was planned and calculated. 

Quoting LindaClement:

How?

Do you think a car accident in New York is coincidental with a car accident in Seattle, too?

Name the single day when all the bad guys in the world said, 'oh, hey, enough already, there's already something bad over there...'

Quoting KreatingMe:

The timing is awfull coincidental, isn't it ? 




jllcali
by Jane on Apr. 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM
So replace "car accident" with "rape" or "murder".

It's also slightly analgous to a store that has a shoplifting problem. Thieves see another thief get away with theft from a location, they get emboldened to try shoplifting from the same location.


Quoting KreatingMe:

I understand that. My point was that it's not comparable to an accident because the plan was calculated, even though the plans were never carried through. 

Quoting canadianmom1974:

It was also not imminent. Meaning, the attack was still in the planning stage and not about to occur. It could have been weeks, months, even a year or more before the actually derailed a trail, detonated a bomb, or whatever their plans were.



Quoting KreatingMe:

It's not an accident, it was planned and calculated. 

Quoting LindaClement:

How?

Do you think a car accident in New York is coincidental with a car accident in Seattle, too?

Name the single day when all the bad guys in the world said, 'oh, hey, enough already, there's already something bad over there...'

Quoting KreatingMe:

The timing is awfull coincidental, isn't it ? 




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