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    Posted: Apr 30, 2013 5:17 AM ET Ignoring al-Qaeda, Iran links extraordinarily foolish 2-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden By Andre Mayer, CBC
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      Posted: Apr 30, 2013 5:17 AM ET 


      Ignoring al-Qaeda, Iran links 

      'extraordinarily foolish'

      2-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden


      By Andre Mayer, 

      RCMP arrested Raed Jaser on April 22 for allegedly conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack on a Via passenger train, leaving many observers surprised given the suggestion that the plot had connections to al-Qaeda in Iran. RCMP arrested Raed Jaser on April 22 for allegedly conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack on a Via passenger train, leaving many observers surprised given the suggestion that the plot had connections to al-Qaeda in Iran. (Alex Tavshunsky/CBC )
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      Given the ideological differences between the Sunni militant group al-Qaeda and the theocratic Shia government in Iran, recent allegations that the two groups had conspired in a foiled attack in Canada struck many observers as odd.

      But two years after the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, experts in security and Islamist radicalism say Western intelligence agencies can't afford to discount this possible connection.

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