News Commentary: The Foiled Terrorist Attack In Canada – Facts

Canadian authorities say they have arrested and charged two men with an Al-Qaeda-linked plot to “carry out a terrorist attack” against a passenger train.

The police told a news conference the suspects “were receiving support from Al-Qaeda elements located in Iran,” but added “there’s no indication that these attacks were state-sponsored”.

The arrests “raised questions about Iran’s relationship with Al-Qaeda”, we are told. To say “there is no indication…” is an outrageous way of planting information, in what were perfectly-timed arrests.

Alireza Miryousefi, spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations, said the group was not operating in Iran.

“Iran’s position against this group is very clear and well known. Al-Qaeda has no possibility to do any activity inside Iran or conduct any operation abroad from Iran’s territory,” Miryousefi said in a statement emailed to the Associated Press late on Monday. “We reject strongly and categorically any connection to this story.”

Allow me to give you the true background:

Jundallah, a group with connections to Al-Qaeda is thought to have began in 2003 and it is known for attacks against Iranians, both military and civilian. Iran accuses the United States and a few other foreign countries of backing Jundallah, possibly from Pakistani territory with Islamabad’s support.

It has also been alleged that Jundallah is involved in smuggling Iranian diesel fuel to Afghanistan and Pakistan, where it is more than five times more expensive. The diesel fuel is then bartered with opium, which is smuggled into Iran to be sold.

On November 3, 2010, the United States finally designated Jundallah as a Terrorist Organisation, noting that Jundallah “has engaged in numerous attacks resulting in the death and maiming of scores of Iranian civilians and government officials. Jundallah uses a variety of terrorist tactics, including suicide bombings, ambushes, kidnappings and targeted assassinations. Iran hailed the decision.

Al-Qaeda remain, as a terrorist organisation, a dire enemy of the state of Iran.

On August 8, 1998 the Taliban, assisted by Al-Qaeda, attacked the Afghan city of Mazari Sharif killing 11 Iranian diplomats and journalists along with thousands of Afghan civilians.

Iran was angry at the lack of support from Western countries, particularly United States. Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei alleges that “neither the Americans, nor the Europeans, who are now pursuing Al-Qaeda agents as members of the most dangerous terrorist organisation, showed any reaction at all.”

The Taliban were also thought to have “secretly” backed anti-regime Iranian groups, such as the Iranian Sunni militant group Ahl-e-Sunna Wal Jamaat from Khorasan and Sistan provinces. The group received weapons and support from the Taliban and Iranians are convinced that US “allies” Pakistan is also sponsoring them.