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Iran-Canada terrorism connection: Queen's University expert

2013-04-30

Queen’s University Middle East expert Houchang Hassan-Yari (who is originally from Iran) is available to talk about the Iranian connection to the Canadian/al-Qaeda terrorism plot to derail a train.

Many experts are surprised by the Iranian connection because Iran and al-Qaeda have few links but Dr. Hassan-Yari says the news doesn’t come as a complete shock to him.

“Iran’s relationship with Canada is almost non-existent, in light of the Canadian government’s close relationship with the U.S. In the past, Iran has hosted a number of al-Qaeda members, including some members of bin Laden’s family who left Afghanistan when America invaded in 2001. There is no evidence to suggest this is state-sponsored. Iran has some reasons to help plan the attack it, but it’s very difficult to understand why they would do it at this time because they are under a lot of pressure from the U.S. and Israel,” says Dr. Hassan-Yari, who speaks English, French and Farsi.

Dr. Hassan-Yari can also talk about Canada-Iran diplomatic relations, including Canada closing its embassy in Iran and expelling Iranian diplomats from Canada in September 2012.

Please note that Dr. Hassan-Yari wants to be identified in the media as a Middle East expert from Queen’s University and Royal Military College.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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