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Canadians may belong to al-Qaida’s highly secretive Khorasan faction, intelligence report warns

The day after the United States and its Arab allies launched airstrikes in Syria last September, President Barack Obama advised American lawmakers the targets had included “elements of al-Qaida known as the Khorasan Group.”

Khorasan was described as a terrorist faction operating in Syria that had been set up by the senior al-Qaida leadership to recruit Westerners, train them and send them back to North America and Europe to conduct bombings.

Its highly secretive membership is said to include Kuwaiti, Saudi and French nationals — and according to a declassified intelligence report obtained by the National Post, federal officials are concerned that some of them are also Canadians.