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Twelve Canadian Jihadists Reported Training In NW Pakistan, Recruited By al Qaeda To Attack Canada

Posted by avideditor on January 17, 2011

Don’t let the jihadis fool you. They use the liberties granted by the west, to take those liberties away.
From http://holgerawakens.blogspot.com/2011/01/twelve-canadian-jihadists-reported.html

Well, it appears to be official that 12 Canadian jihadists have been training in NW Pakistan’s agency of North Waziristan after spending a number of months fighting against NATO forces in Afghanistan. The stint in Pakistan is apparently for “further training” …which I would guess means the kind of training that will make them ready for the trip home to Canada to wage war there. The report is that these 12 were recruited out of Canada by al Qaeda.


From the report at The Long War Journal:

Several Canadians seeking to wage jihad against the West are training at camps in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan, according to a report from the region.

Twelve Canadian who entered Afghanistan in February 2010 and fought against Coalition and Afghan forces there fo nine months before being transferred to North Waziristan for more advanced training, a Pakistani Taliban leader told the Asia Times. Al Qaeda recruited the Canadians to carry out attacks in their home country.

“In Afghanistan they received basic jihadi training, while currently they are busy doing some special courses,” a Taliban commander from the Darpa Khel area of North Waziristan told Asia Times. “Their main learning is how to use sophisticated weapons, and how to connect with local smuggling networks in North America. They are also learning how to use ordinary material like sugar and basic chemicals to make powerful explosives. These militants will then return to their country to execute al Qaeda’s plan of targeting big cities in Canada.”

The Canadians reportedly were recruited by Abu Shahid, a leader of the Jihad al-Islami or Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Ayman al Zawahiri’s group which forms the core of al Qaeda’s leadership. “Shahid is responsible for all of the activities of the Canadians in North Waziristan” and “is confident he can recruit more Canadians,” the report noted.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is investigating the veracity of the report, according to AFP.

Several Canadians are known to have traveled to the Afghan-Pakistan border area to fight with al Qaeda and the Taliban. The most prominent was Ahmed Said Al Khadr, who was also known as Abdul Rehman Khadr al Kanadi. Khadr was a close confidant of Osama bin Laden, who invited Kanadi to join the Shura Majlis, the top leadership council, after the US invasion of Afghanistan. Khadr was tasked with helping al Qaeda families escape into Pakistan. He was also close to South Waziristan Taliban leader Mullah Nazir, who shelters al Qaeda leaders in the Wazir tribal areas and yet is considered to be a “good Taliban” leader by the Pakistani state.

Those of you that follow this blog closely know that this is just another instance in a very disturbing trend that has jihadis from the West coming to Pakistan for training – one of the most famous is the Time Square bomber who left the U.S. to get his training from the Taliban in Pakistan but more significantly, we have seen major numbers of Germans who are fighting right now in Pakistan and also there have been reports of a number of Brits doing the same thing.

What has to have everyone in Canada and also the U.S. concerned about this latest report is that these jihadis are actually being trained for the operations back in Canada – I have to believe if we have a group of Canadians over there, there’s also a group of Americans as well.

I find it interesting that this special training in Pakistan only comes after these recruits were put through the meat grinder of Afghanistan – I guess it shows that even al Qaeda has a “boot camp.”

Canadian jihadists training in North Waziristan: report

Several Canadians seeking to wage jihad against the West are training at camps in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan, according to a report from the region.

Twelve Canadian who entered Afghanistan in February 2010 and fought against Coalition and Afghan forces there fo nine months before being transferred to North Waziristan for more advanced training, a Pakistani Taliban leader told the Asia Times. Al Qaeda recruited the Canadians to carry out attacks in their home country.

“In Afghanistan they received basic jihadi training, while currently they are busy doing some special courses,” a Taliban commander from the Darpa Khel area of North Waziristan told Asia Times. “Their main learning is how to use sophisticated weapons, and how to connect with local smuggling networks in North America. They are also learning how to use ordinary material like sugar and basic chemicals to make powerful explosives. These militants will then return to their country to execute al Qaeda’s plan of targeting big cities in Canada.”

The Canadians reportedly were recruited by Abu Shahid, a leader of the Jihad al-Islami or Egyptian Islamic Jihad, Ayman al Zawahiri’s group which forms the core of al Qaeda’s leadership. “Shahid is responsible for all of the activities of the Canadians in North Waziristan” and “is confident he can recruit more Canadians,” the report noted.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is investigating the veracity of the report, according to AFP.

Several Canadians are known to have traveled to the Afghan-Pakistan border area to fight with al Qaeda and the Taliban. The most prominent was Ahmed Said Al Khadr, who was also known as Abdul Rehman Khadr al Kanadi. Khadr was a close confidant of Osama bin Laden, who invited Kanadi to join the Shura Majlis, the top leadership council, after the US invasion of Afghanistan. Khadr was tasked with helping al Qaeda families escape into Pakistan. He was also close to South Waziristan Taliban leader Mullah Nazir, who shelters al Qaeda leaders in the Wazir tribal areas and yet is considered to be a “good Taliban” leader by the Pakistani state.

Khadr was wanted by the US for his suspected ties to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the US. He was also on the United Nations’ 1267 Committee list of designated terrorists. Pakistani security forces killed Khadr and several other al Qaeda fighters during a raid in October 2003.

Khadr’s sons, Omar and Abdurahman, have both spent time at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba after being detained while fighting US forces in Afghanistan in 2001. Omar, the youngest detainee (he is thought to have been 15 when he was captured), is still in custody. Abdurahman was released in 2003.

Also two Canadians of Arab origin are said to have been the target of an Aug. 20, 2008 US Predator airstrike in the Korzai region near Wana, South Waziristan, a stronghold of Mullah Nazir. The men were said to have held Canadian passports.

Al Qaeda is known to be seeking Western passport holders to help facilitate and execute attacks in the West as they can draw less attention and more more freely, without suspicion, in their home countries.

“We believe the next major attack will be carried out by someone carrying a Western passport,” a US intelligence official told The Long War Journal in September 2008 while explaining why the US is ramping up the Predator campaign against al Qaeda’s external operations network in Pakistan’s tribal areas. “It is imperative we stop the next [Sept. 11] attack. This is what we are trying to do.”

US Predators have killed several western al Qaeda operatives in recent Predator strikes in Pakistan. In October and November of 2010, sixteen Germans and a Briton were killed. Abdul Jabbar, the Briton, was appointed the head of the so-called Islamic Army of Great Britain just days before he was killed. The Europeans were tasked with carrying out Mumbai-styled attacks in their home countries.

Al Qaeda is known to used Westerners in their plots against the Western nations. Some of the more prominent western al Qaeda operatives include: Bryant Neal Vinas, who trained in North Waziristan and plotted to attack the subway in New York City; Faisal Shahzad, who trained in Pakistan and came close to detonating a car bomb in Times Square; David Coleman Headley, who worked with top al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan and aided in the Mumbai terror assault as well as plotted attacks in Denmark; and Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, who trained in Yemen and nearly blew up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day, 2009.

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