New Western export: jihad. “RCMP probe report saying Canadians training with al-Qaida in Pakistan for jihad,” from The Canadian Press, January 14:
TORONTO – The RCMP is probing an online news report that says a group of Canadian militants are training for jihad in Pakistani al-Qaida camps.
Hong Kong-based Asia Times Online cites “well-placed Taliban sources” saying the terrorist group is training a number of Western Caucasians — Canadians in particular– for attacks in Canada.
Assistant RCMP commissioner Gilles Michaud says the Mounties and their security and intelligence partners are assessing the information in the report for its “credibility and reliability.”
Michaud says the RCMP will take “appropriate action” according to the results of that assessment, which will be carried out as quickly as possible.
In the report, a local militant from Pakistan’s North Waziristan region says 12 Canadians first went to Afghanistan in February 2010 where they received basic jihadi training.
Arif Wazir says the Canadians were then sent to Pakistan in November for “special courses” that include the use of sophisticated weapons and how to connect with local smuggling networks in North America.
Asia Times goes on to quote Wazir saying the Canadians will later return home to execute al-Qaida’s plan of targeting big cities in Canada.
The article says the Canadians joined an Egyptian militant organization, Jihad al-Islami, which helped them reach Afghanistan in the first place.
The report adds that other Westerners from the U.S., Britain and Germany, are also being trained for jihad in North Waziristan, an area that borders Afghanistan….