A VIA Rail Canada passenger train: Canadian authorities have declared with

some certainly that two men who planned to derail a Via train on its journey

from Toronto to New York were 'backed by al-Qaeda elements based in Iran'.

Tehran says that is impossible.



Iran Calls Canadian Charge it is Tied to al-Qaeda Plot 'Ridiculous' (Kayhan, Islamic Republic of Iran)


Were the two men arrested on Sunday for plotting to bomb a Toronto passenger train bound for New York 'backed by al-Qaeda elements based in Iran'? According to this news item from Iran's state-run Kayhan, even if Canadian authorities have said there is no evidence that the plot was state-sponsored, Iran asserts its longtime opposition to al-Qaeda, and categorically denies that any kind of al-Qaeda activity is possible on Iranian territory.


April 25, 2013


Islamic Republic of Iran - Kayhan - Home Page (English)

Artist's rendition of one of two men being charged as part of a scheme to derail a passenger train from Toronto to New York appears in court, Apr. 24.


CBC NEWS, CANADA]: Canada's nightly national news program on the latest development in the al-Qaeda traun derailment plot, Apr. 24, 00:47:55RealVideo

TEHRAN: Tehran has denied any involvement in a plot to derail a Canadian passenger train that police say was backed by al-Qaeda elements based in Iran.


While Canadian police said there was no indication that the plot was state sponsored - Tehran nevertheless reacted angrily.


"Not a shred of evidence has been provided regarding those who were arrested and stand accused," the Mehr News Agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast as saying.


Mehmanparast said that al-Qaeda's beliefs were in no way consistent with the Islamic Republic, and that Iran opposed "any kind of violent action" that endangers lives. "In recent years, Canada's radical government has put into practice a policy of harassing Iran, and it is clear that in this case, it is pursuing these hostile actions," he added.


Last September, Canada severed diplomatic relations with Iran over its support for groups that resist the Israeli occupation.


According to the United States, the attack would have targeted a rail line between New York and Toronto. Canadian authorities arrested two suspects, Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, of Montreal, and Raed Jaser, 35, of Toronto, linking them to al-Qaeda.


Iran has little in common with the extremist group, and periodically launches crackdowns on al-Qaeda elements. Iranian authorities have also battled an extremist insurgency of their own in recent years.


The Jundollah organization, believed to be based across the border in Pakistan, claims several attacks, including a bombing, that killed 42 people in 2009. It has also attacked mosques in Zahedan and elsewhere in the region.


Jundollah has links to al-Qaeda, deriving its support from Pakistan, Britain and the United States, to mount their campaign to stir instability.


Iran was also strong opponent of the Taliban, which sheltered Osama bin Laden and others before the U.S.-led invasion of that country after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Many al-Qaeda leaders similarly view Iranians with hostility.


"We oppose any terrorist and violent action that would jeopardize the lives of innocent people," Mehmanparast said.


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He called Canadian claims part of a hostile policy against Tehran, and accused Canada of indirectly aiding al-Qaeda by taking part in Western support for the Syrian rebels. Some militant factions, claiming allegiance to al-Qaeda, have joined rebel forces to try and topple the Syrian government.


"As it enjoys Canada's support, the same (al-Qaeda) current is killing people in Syria," said Mehmanparast.


And Mehmanparast dismissed Canadian allegations as being part of its "Iranophobia" campaign.


“The Islamic Republic of Iran is the biggest victim of terrorism, but over the recent years, Canada's extremist administration has put Iranophobia on its agenda,” he said.


In a separate comment, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi called the claim by Canadian authorities "the most ridiculous words of falsehood."


"I hope Canadian officials exercise more wisdom in the futire," he said.


Since last year, the two countries have had no diplomatic relations. Canada unilaterally closed its Tehran embassy in 2012, and expelled Iranian diplomats from Ottawa.

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On Monday, spokesman for Iran's U.N. mission, Alireza Miryousefi, said the terrorist network was not operating in the country.


" 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 told The Associated Press via e-mail. "We reject strongly and categorically any connection to this story."


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