Canada arrests two in plot to attack trains Taliban capture 11 foreigners US to sell weapons to Israel North Korea nuke test possible
TORONTO -- Two men were arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al-Qaida "elements" in Iran, police said Monday.
Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, who live in Montreal and Toronto, were planning to derail a Via Rail passenger train in Toronto but posed no immediate threat, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.
"This is the first known al-Qaida planned attack that we've experienced in Canada," Superintendent Doug Best said.
RCMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia said the two men had "direction and guidance" from "al-Qaida elements located in Iran," though there was no reason to think the planned attacks were state-sponsored.
"It was definitely in the planning stage but not imminent," RCMP chief superintendent Jennifer Strachan said.
Charges against the two men include conspiring to carry out an attack and murder people in association with a terrorist group. The investigation was part of a cross-border operation involving Canadian law enforcement agencies, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
KABUL, Afghanistan -- The Taliban took 11 civilians prisoner, including eight Turks and a Russian, after their cargo helicopter made an emergency landing in eastern Afghanistan, officials said Monday.
The crisis began Sunday when the civilian transport aircraft was forced down in strong winds and heavy rain in the village of Dahra Mangal, about 12 miles from the Pakistani border in the Azra district of Logar province, southeast of Kabul, District Governor Hamidullah Hamid said.
Taliban fighters then captured everyone aboard the helicopter and took them away, Hamid said.
TEL AVIV, Israel -- U.S. and Israeli defense officials welcomed a new arms sale agreement Monday as a major step toward increasing Israel's military strength, but Israeli officials said it still left them without the weapons they would need if they decided to attack Iran's deepest and best-protected nuclear sites.
The mixed message came as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Israeli counterpart, Moshe Yaalon, reaffirmed their commitment to stopping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
The new weapons sale package includes aircraft for midair refueling and missiles that can cripple an air defense system.
But what the Israelis wanted most was a weapons system that is missing from the package: a giant bunker-busting bomb designed to penetrate earth and reinforced concrete to destroy deeply buried sites. The weapon, called a Massive Ordnance Penetrator, weighs about 30,000 pounds -- so much that Israel does not have any aircraft capable of carrying it.
BEIJING -- China's top general said Monday that a fourth North Korean nuclear weapons test is a possibility that underscores the need for fresh talks between Pyongyang and other regional parties.
Chief of the General Staff Gen. Fang Fenghui said Beijing firmly opposes the North's nuclear weapons program and wants to work with others on negotiations to end it. He said Beijing's preference is for a return to disarmament talks involving the two Koreas, China, Russia, Japan and the U.S.
His comments followed a meeting with Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in China.