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Al-Qaeda targeted Embassy: U.S. intelligence

Syrian tip led to arrest of accused terrorists planning Ottawa attack. A network of al-Qaeda agents was rounded up before it could carry out a plot to attack the American Embassy in Ottawa, U.S. intelligence sources say. The Central Intelligence Agency was alerted to the al-Qaeda conspiracy by Syria’s intelligence service, which has been co-operating with Washington since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, sources say. Flynt Leverett, a former CIA analyst who until recently served at the U.S. National Security Council, confirmed yesterday that a suspected plot against an American target in Ottawa was averted, but would not provide further details. However, sources told CanWest News Service that al-Qaeda planned to attack the U.S. Embassy, aiming at least to kill the marine guards who form the frontline of defence at the heavily guarded embassy in the capital’s downtown core. Full Story

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