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Alleged terror links rang alarms in 1998

Staff at Canadian embassy in Germany raised concerns about potential immigrant. Allegations of terrorism against a man thought to have been an al-Qaeda recruiter were flagged by Canadian officials when he sought to immigrate from Germany in 1998, one year before U.S. investigators say he recruited ringleaders of the 9/11 conspiracy. Government records obtained by The Globe and Mail indicate Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s connections to other Islamic militants raised red flags as far back as February, 1998, as his file was being processed at the Canadian embassy in Bonn. Despite officials’ concern at the time, he was not arrested in Europe or North America. He was cleared for permanent-resident status in Canada, where he arrived at Montreal’s Dorval airport in September, 1998. Full Story

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