A new analysis of the terror threats facing Canada has vindicated Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was criticized two years ago for stating that the biggest security threat to Canada is Islamicism.
Analyzing terror activity data in Canada since July 2012, Jonathan D. Halevi, senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, concludes:
The main involvement of Canadian terrorist activists was in Jihadi activity around the world: Syria, North Africa, Somalia, and against Israeli targets (Gaza, Bulgaria). Two large-scale terrorist attacks were planned within Canada in the past year, one on a train traveling to the U.S., and one against the parliament building in Victoria, BC. Sunni Islamic groups were involved in the overwhelming majority of incidents, with only one incident linked to the Shiite Hizbullah organization.
The above list confirms that the threat of terrorism in Canada has increased in the past two years, signified by the growth of the number of Canadian citizens willing to enlist in terrorist activity inspired or guided by radical Islamic terrorist groups. The “export” of Canadian terrorists (estimated at between dozens and hundreds) to the various Jihadi theaters of strife is likely to intensify the threat once they return home to Canada after having acquired knowledge and experience and networks of ties to terrorist organizations.
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