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Canadian Arabic Teacher Tied To Al Qaeda Suspended After Radicalized Students Join ISIS - Blames "Islamophobia"

March 1, 2015

Did professor radicalize missing Canadian teens who are feared to have joined ISIS? Arabic teacher once jailed as a security threat is suspended after six students flee to Syria

Adil Charkaoui was jailed in 2003, accused of training with Al Qaeda

Was monitored for 6 years before case dropped, got citizenship last year

He now teaches Arabic, the Koran and 'basic Muslim notions' in Montreal

Has been suspended and accused of spreading radicalized ideas

Charkaoui says he only briefly met one of them, blames Islamophonia.

A Muslim teacher once jailed by Canada as a security threat has been accused of radicalizing four teenage students who have allegedly fled to Syria to fight with the Islamic State.

Four men and two women, aged 18 and 19, left Montreal in January and February for Turkey and then on to Syria, according to media reports.

Adil Charkaoui teaches Arabic and the Quran at two Montreal community colleges, where the teenagers studied before they went missing.

Suspending his classes, both schools have accused Moroccan-born Charkaoui of spreading radical Muslim ideals.

Charkaoui, an anti-Islamophobia advocate, denied the allegations on Friday, insisting he only had brief contact with one of the six students.

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