The United States has persuaded Canada to falsely attribute a botched al - Qaeda - linked terror plot to Iran in a last - ditch bid to cover up its support of terrorist groups fighting in Syria.
On Monday, Canadian police said they have thwarted what they called an al - Qaeda - supported terrorist plot to attack a major transportation route in the North American country.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Ontario said on Monday that they had arrested two foreign nationals allegedly linked to “al-Qaeda elements inside Iran.” Analysts have noted that Washington is behind these unsubstantiated allegations as it seeks a scapegoat to deflect attention from its support of al-Qaeda terrorists in Syria. Tehran has time and again condemned al-Qaeda as a terrorist group. On Tuesday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said “al-Qaeda’s mindset is by no means congruent with [the ideology of] the Islamic Republic of Iran.” He also noted that Canada has even failed to provide any reliable evidence on the suspects claimed to have been detained in relation to the case. The Canadian police said the two suspects, who had been under surveillance since last August, are to stand trial on Tuesday. The al-Nusra Front, which has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda, has been behind many of the deadly bombings targeting both civilians and government institutions across Syria since the beginning of violence in March 2011. While al-Qaeda-linked groups have been listed as terrorist entities under sanctions by the United Nations, militants in Syria, including those belonging to the al-Nusra Front have been receiving all forms of support from Washington.