Iranian Fifth Column in Canada a Possible Threat to U.S.

(Fox News) Steven Edwards - In an interview in Farsi given to an Iran-based website directed exclusively at Iranians living in Canada, Hamid Mohammadi, the Iranian cultural affairs counselor at the embassy in Ottawa, called for expatriates to infiltrate the Canadian government and be ready to advance the interests of their homeland. Mohammadi said recent immigrants among the estimated 500,000 Iranians in Canada have "preserved their strong attachments and bonds to their homeland," while second-generation Iranians are already in "influential government positions." U.S. terror watchdogs noted that radicalized Iranians would be just an easy border crossing from the American heartland. "Definitely there is recruitment - they want Iranians with Canadian passports, Iranians with U.S. passports," said Steven Emerson, executive director of the Investigative Project on Terrorism. Terrorism experts noted Iran's recent failed plot to assassinate a Saudi official in the U.S.

2012-07-11 00:00:00

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