Idriss (terrorist)

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Factoring frequently into the testimony of former CIA spy Abdurahman Khadr, is the unknown Canadian figure identified only as Idriss.

When asked to name Canadians who had attended Khalden training camp with him, Khadr listed off a series of known names, as well as Idriss.[1] He later claimed that Amer el-Maati had given his Canadian passport to Idriss, who used it to enter Azerbaijan in a failed attempt to blow up the American embassy in Baku in 1998.[2][3]

According to Khadr, Idriss was arrested and sent to Egypt.[2] Azerbaijan has said they secretly turned over two arrested suspects to the United States,[4] although most reports suggest they were sent back to Egypt.[5]


  1. ^ Bell, Stewart. National Post, "'A lot' of Canadians in al-Qaeda", August 1, 2004
  2. ^ a b Freeze, Colin, Globe and Mail, "Canadians' ties with Chechen insurgents probed", October 16, 2004
  3. ^ Ecko, The Azerbaijani tracks' of Usamah bin Ladin are already being confirmed in Baku, too, August 29, 2001
  4. ^ Zahidov, Altay. Azeri Human Rights, The Azerbaijani Experience in Combating Terrorism, June 19, 2008
  5. ^ Waller, Douglas. TIME, Inside the Hunt for Osama, December 21, 1998