Iraq now a terror training center-Canada spy boss

Ottawa: Iraq has become a “post-graduate faculty for terrorism” and is attracting thousands of foreigners who could foment violence when they return home, the head of Canada’s spy agency said in an interview published on Thursday.

Jim Judd, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, told the Toronto Star newspaper that a new generation of militants was using the war in Iraq to get first-hand experience.

“We all obviously hope the conflict in Iraq ends soon, but then worry about what all these people are going to do,” he said. “They will re-migrate around the world and return home.

“At the end of the day a lot of the issues that motivate these people are so varied and different that they will carry on possibly beyond their service in Iraq and continue to be motivators, what are now well-trained, highly effective, dangerous people.”

Judd said his agency was aware of Canadian militants planning to go to Iraq, but he declined to give more details.

– By Reuters

Ottawa: Iraq has become a “post-graduate faculty for terrorism” and is attracting thousands of foreigners who could foment violence when they return home, the head of Canada’s spy agency said in an interview published on Thursday.

Jim Judd, director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, told the Toronto Star newspaper that a new generation of militants was using the war in Iraq to get first-hand experience.

“We all obviously hope the conflict in Iraq ends soon, but then worry about what all these people are going to do,” he said. “They will re-migrate around the world and return home.

“At the end of the day a lot of the issues that motivate these people are so varied and different that they will carry on possibly beyond their service in Iraq and continue to be motivators, what are now well-trained, highly effective, dangerous people.”

Judd said his agency was aware of Canadian militants planning to go to Iraq, but he declined to give more details.

CSIS has been under fire for allegedly passing on information about Canadian citizens to foreign intelligence agencies, including information about Maher Arar, who spent almost a year in a Syrian jail and says he was tortured there.

Egyptian-born Canadian, Ahmed Said Khadr, was killed by Pakistani troops in 2003, and one of his sons is a prisoner at the U.S. camp at Guantanamo Bay.

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