Canadian Terror Plot: Chiheb Esseghaier Used Al Qaeda Flag As Avatar For Linkedin

Update on my previous post regarding the major terror plot thwarted in Canada. Chiheb Esseghaier & Raed Jaser planned a terror attack on a rail line between Toronto and NYC.

There was a specific route targeted, not necessarily a specific train, Strachan said, although she declined to reveal the route. According to a Reuters report, U.S. law enforcement and national security sources said the alleged plot targeted a rail line between Toronto and New York City[...]

Police have been investigating since August 2012. International intelligence sources tell CBC News that Canadian law enforcement agencies were ready to shut down the alleged plot and make the arrests months ago.

But partly at the urging of U.S. intelligence agents, the investigation was left open.

Sources said that while the U.S. law enforcement agencies were co-operating in the investigation of the alleged train plot, they also wanted to know who else might be involved.

The CIA has been particularly interested in the al-Qaeda operatives in Iran supporting the alleged terrorist plot in Canada.

Intelligence sources say the Boston Marathon attacks changed everything. It is unclear if that pushed the Americans to urge Canada to shut down the alleged train plot or if it compelled Canadian authorities to simply act on their own.

In the presser today it was noted the perps had received support from elements of al-Qaeda in Iran.. Chiheb appears to really heart al-Qaeda, and not afraid to show it on his Linkedin profile:

Radio-Canada, CBC's French service, has learned that Chiheb Esseghaier studied at University of Sherbrooke, before moving to Institute National de la Recherche Scientifique in Varennes, Que., for doctoral research.

The two men are expected to appear at Old City Hall courthouse in Toronto tomorrow

I saw Chiheb in a group image here, but the page has since went down the memory hole.

CBC cropped the image from the site:


Here is Sasquatch, ooops I mean Chiheb from earlier today:


UPDATE: One of them is from Tunisia and the other from the United Arab Emirates per The Montreal Gazette. That would make Raed Jaser from the UAE as Tunis is mentioned on Chiheb Esseghaier's Linkedin profile.

They were told that one of the suspects is Tunisian and one is from the United Arab Emirates.

The suspects have been in the country legally for a "considerable period of time" but are not Canadian citizens, the RCMP said.

I sure as hell wish some of the media would finally learn what the al-Qaeda flag looks like. This is how it is described in the article:
The page[Linkedin..ed] carries a photo of a black flag inscribed with the Islamic declaration of faith
Shakes head..

Posted by: Stable Hand at 10:13 PM


1 It takes the Canadians a lot to act. Likely they were spurred on to act by what happened in Boston, but it was their initiative. Of course this does change a few things for Canada... when you start arresting people you can quickly become a target. If time lines work out they will get hit in the next decade.

Posted by: PSDiver at April 23, 2013 08:58 AM

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