Canada has its overseas staff cautioned against EI

cette-photo-publiee-25-avrilCanada fears retaliation from the armed group Islamic State (EI) when he joined last year, the multinational coalition that bombarded Iraq and Syria. Documents obtained by The Press under the Access to Information Act reveal that the government has warned its diplomatic representations abroad against “the threat posed by the terrorist group.”

“I want to take this opportunity to remind you not to relax your vigilance and provide you with new recommendations,” wrote in an email the Director General of Emergency Management in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Robin Dubeau.

The letter, marked with the seal “secret” and dated October 22, 2014, was especially designed for offices responsible for security of diplomatic missions. Some of the recipients was redacted in the documents obtained by La Presse.

The email said further to a previous message dated October 3, who has not been handed over to La Presse, as well as an analysis of the risk posed by the armed group Islamic State conducted by the evaluation unit of the threat Ministry, identified by the acronym IDSA.

It recommends “to all missions in the Middle East and North Africa and the specifically designated tasks in the overall assessment of IDSA to review their situation in terms of security.”

“[…] Ensure that emergency plans are updated and understood by staff; ensure that equipment and security and communications procedures work effectively [and] seek the assistance of receiving countries to prevent the problem. ”
Extract the recommendations sent by the Foreign Ministry to diplomatic missions
One of the recommendations was censored.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced October 3, 2014, in the House of Commons that Canada would conduct air strikes against EI. The mission, originally scheduled to last six months, has been extended for one year in March, so it is expected to end March 30, 2016.

Targeted schools

Canadian authorities also warned their diplomatic representations of the risk of attacks against Western schools abroad, in an email classified “secret” dated October 31, 2014.

“On October 25, a major pro-EI jihadist website has launched a message calling for” lone wolves “to carry out attacks against Western teachers and international schools,” wrote Jeffrey McLaren and Philip Lupul, two directors at the Ministry of Affairs Foreign.

They specified that the jihadist messages suggested attacking teachers “when they are most vulnerable,” when they travel only at work or in shops, for example.

Following the message is heavily redacted.

More than a hundred schools provide in twenty countries worldwide curricula of certain Canadian provinces.

They all employ a number of Canadian teachers.

“No methodology EI”

The risk of an attack against Canadian interests, however small, said Michel Juneau-Katsuya, a former agent of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).

“The attacks that we have seen of the Islamic State, whether in Tunisia, Australia, England or here in Canada, they are targets of opportunity.”
Michel Juneau-Katsuya,
former CSIS agent
This analysis so that the victims were “at the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Unlike Al Qaeda, the Armed Islamic Group State does not attack specific targets outside the territories it controls, says intelligence expert.

By cons, IE sometimes called its supporters to commit attacks in Western countries directly, what Michel Juneau-Katsuya considered “part of their propaganda.”

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