Influx of terrorists
'Jihadist returnees' may plan attacks in Canada, report says
A number of "jihadist returnees" have arrived back in Canada from
other countries and some may intend to commit acts of terrorism,
according to a declassified intelligence report.
A Terrorist Kisses the face of his evil master.
The U.S. State Department
offered US$5-million rewards on April 20 for information on
naturalized Canadians Abderraouf Ben Habib Jdey and Faker Ben
Abdelaziz Boussora. The men trained in Afghanistan and have said they
want to die while killing, in a terrorist attack.
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The report, by the government's Integrated National Security
Assessment Centre (INSAC), says "a number of other Islamic extremists
have recently returned to Canada from abroad.
"Those dedicated extremists possessing terrorist training and
Canadian documentation may return to Canada in order to carry out an
"They may also use their documentation to gain access to Western
diplomatic missions, or other interests, for the purpose of terrorist
attack," says the report, released under the Access to Information
Several Canadians have attended terrorist training camps and
participated in international extremist groups. Those that have
returned to Canada have raised alarms about the threat they may pose
Last month, the National Post found the alleged former leader of a
Canadian extremist cell living in a townhouse in Montreal. Fateh
Kamel returned to Canada in January after serving a prison term in
France for terrorist-related crimes.
The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says Mr. Kamel, 45, fought
in Afghanistan in the 1980s, recruited volunteers to fight in Bosnia
in the 1990s and was associated with Osama bin Laden. He also played
a central role in terrorist threats in France, CSIS wrote in a public
However, Mr. Kamel denied he was involved in extremism and said he
barely knew Ahmed Ressam, an alleged member of his Montreal-based
group who tried to blow up Los Angeles International Airport.
The report comes as U.S. officials are concerned about the
possibility terrorists might attempt to cross the border from Canada
to carry out an attack, a scenario attempted unsuccessfully by Ressam
The U.S. State Department offered US$5-million rewards on April 20
for information on naturalized Canadians Abderraouf Ben Habib Jdey
and Faker Ben Abdelaziz Boussora.
The men trained in Afghanistan and have said they want to die while
killing, in a terrorist attack.
Authorities are concerned that Jdey may attempt to return to Canada
or the United States to plan a terrorist attack. The whereabouts of
Jdey and Boussora are unknown, although they may have been spotted in
"Terrorist-related activities undertaken by individuals in Canada
also include efforts to use Canada as a base for fundraising,
recruiting supporters, acquiring, preparing and distributing false
travel and identity documents," the INSAC report says.
"While some of these individuals are currently detained in Canada or
abroad, others continue to be involved in terrorist-related
activities. Al-Qaeda and like-minded Sunni Islamic extremist groups
have adherents in both Canada and abroad who possess Canadian status."
The return to Toronto last year of members of the Khadr family, who
lived in one of bin Laden's compounds in Afghanistan, prompted debate
over how to deal with Canadians who have links to al-Qaeda.
The family patriarch, Ahmed Said Khadr, allegedly collected money in
Canada and used it to finance al-Qaeda training camps. He was killed
in a shootout with Pakistani security forces in October, 2003.
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