Details on the AQ Linked Plot to Derail Toronto - New York Train

It's a pretty in depth story, but worth the read as it gives some pretty good detail as to how the FBI & RCP worked together to arrest the pair of would-be jihadis attempting to derail a passenger train. Among the details in the story:

An RCMP constable and an FBI employee known as Tamer both infiltrated the alleged conspiracy early on and proved “very effective,” according to police.

In addition to Mr. Esseghaier and Mr. Jaser, two others were identified by police during the investigation in relation to terrorist activity but have not been arrested.

For Mr. Jaser, acquiring a rental house and land was “integral to his planning of terrorist acts,” the RCMP alleged.

Mr. Esseghaier had traveled to Iran prior to his arrest, the documents indicate. The RCMP has said the train plotters received “direction and guidance” from Al-Qaeda “elements” in Iran.

Al Qaeda training in .... Iran. The area they went ofor training was actually near the Afghan border. It's not clear to me whether the implication is that the Iranians are letting AQ do their thing here or if this is one of those instances where the Iranians would like to have AQ out of the area but just don't really have real control over the territory. Or, maybe, some mixture of both.

Posted by: Rusty at 03:04 PM


1 Quit your worrying: Secretary John Kerry has this Iran thing completely under control. Iran will keep trying to kill our people and DHS will claim more powers to control and disarm our people. Everybody who is anybody wins.

Maybe a few American civilians lose an argument with a pressure cooker. Maybe a few useful bearded cave dwellers lose a debate to a hellfire missile. But Saudi Arabia gets to export and kill off its worst malcontents while the TSA gets to arbitrarily confiscate anything of value in your pockets when you fly. Nobody important rides those trains.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at January 11, 2014 06:21 PM

2 Lots of "trains" "derailing" lately.

Nothing to see here,move along, move along.

Posted by: Howie at January 12, 2014 03:27 PM

3 "Direction and guidance" doesn't necessarily mean a training camp that would likely get government attention. It could be a single individual (or two or three) with ties in the local community, which could easily be missed, or tolerated as long as they weren't making trouble for the Iranians. Doesn't take a training complex to teach someone how to assemble explosive and derail a train.

Posted by: Raving Lunatic at January 13, 2014 09:51 AM

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