Terrorist 007 and Islamist Internet adventures (3)

crime | Jan 24, 2008 | By Adrian Morgan

Two American nationals, Syed Haris Ahmed and Eshanul Islam Sadequee, were alleged to have used the internet to send reconnaissance videos of Washington "targets" to Younes Tsouli at his home in Shepherds Bush, West London. In March 2005, these had met with members of an apparent cell of Canadian terrorists who were arrested on June 2, 2006. These Canadian individuals have not yet had their trials, but some of these are believed to have had internet links with Younes Tsouli.

The Canadian suspects - twelve adults and five minors - had all come from the Toronto/south Ontario region. The adults were named then as Fahim Ahmad, 21; Jahmaal James, 23; Amin Mohamed Durrani, 19; and Steven Vikash Chand, 25, all of Toronto; Zakaria Amara, 20; Asad Ansari, 21; Shareef Abdelhaleen, 30; Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21; Saad Khalid, 19; and Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, all of Mississauga; Mohammed Dirie, 22 and Yasin Abdi Mohamed, 24.

Since their initial arrests and charges made, some were issued bail, though bail hearings for all are now being individually placed under judicial review.

The oldest of those arrested, 43-year old Qayyum Abdul Jamal, had apparently used the Mississauga Muslim Community Centre as a venue to radicalize young visitors, stated the Globe & Mail. Jamal, who was a bus driver and father of four, was not an imam. He had cleaned the mosque and had sometimes run errands. Five of the young people arrested had worshipped at this mosque. Jamal had also led Friday prayers at the one-room Al-Rahman mosque. Other suspects attended the Salahuddin Islamic Centre in Kennedy Road, Scarborough, Toronto.

Immediately after the arrests, there were claims that members of the group had been on "terror training" outdoor exercises, that they were intending to attack the CBC building in Toronto, the Toronto Stock Exchange and the offices of the intelligence agency CSIS (Canadian Security and Intelligence Service). They were also said to have planned to stage an ambitious assault upon the Ottawa Parliament building to kidnap hostages in an attempt to have Canadian troops withdrawn from Afghanistan. The group were said to have tried to acquire three metric tons of ammonium nitrate. This fertilizer, which can be used to make bombs, was apparently purchased by Saad Khalid, one of the arrested individuals, but the authorities substituted it with an inert substance.

The plot to storm the Ottowa parliament had apparently been suggested by a former Hindu and convert to Islam, Steven Vikash Chand. He also called himself Abdul Shakur. He had been a member of the Royal Regiment of Canada from June 2000 until April 2004. Chand's lawyer Gary Batasar was given an eight page dossier of the allegations. The plan had been to take politicians hostage until they agreed to withdraw Canada's 2,300 Afghanistan-based troops, and to behead hostages until that aim was achieved. The dossier claimed that Chand, then aged 25, personally wanted to decapitate Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

A month after the arrests, the "mole" who had secretly worked as an agent for the CSIS for two years revealed himself on CBC's "Fifth Estate". To the surprise of many, he was Mubin Shaikh of the Toronto mosque Masjid-i-Noor. In 2005 Shaikh had argued vehemently for sharia law to be introduced in Ontario. He told CBC that the suspects were "fruitcakes... with the capacity to do some real damage."

Shaikh ran a training camp attended by the suspects. This was held north of Toronto in a field in the village of Washago, Ontario. Here they dressed up in camouflage, used guns in target practice and made a video to recruit others for jihad.

Shaikh's involvement with the CSIS came when he heard that Canadian national Momin Khawaja had been arrested in the spring of 2004. Khawaja had links with the now-jailed "Operation


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