“A lot” of Canadians trained at al-Qaeda camps in Afghanistan and some still live freely in Canada, Abdurahman Khadr testified at a court hearing at which he revealed chilling new details about Canadian terror suspects and his father’s ties to Osama bin Laden’s training camps.
Mr. Khadr, a 21-year-old Toronto man who underwent weapons and explosives training at four camps in Afghanistan, said in testimony made public yesterday that he had given CIA agents the names of several Canadians who trained at camps such as Khalden.
“I know a lot of people that are living in the West and are living in Canada, and that live their everyday life now and are not under arrest or anything, that have been to Khalden,” Mr. Khadr testified at a July 13 hearing in Montreal.
“I had a lot of friends that were Canadians that came to Afghanistan and went to training,” Mr. Khadr said. “Some of them are dead now and some of them are back in Canada and some of them are under arrest.”
His contention that graduates of the Afghan camps are living normal lives in Canada comes as U.S. officials are concerned that al-Qaeda might try to use Canada as a staging ground for a terrorist strike some time before November’s presidential election.
Mr. Khadr testified the training camps did not instruct recruits to “go after America,” but provided basic weapons training for Muslims, whom he said are obliged to prepare to defend Islamic countries from attack. But it is now widely known the camps were run by al-Qaeda and taught recruits how to attack Western targets.