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What ever happened to Sikh terrorism?

Sikh extremists in Canada carried out the largest act of aviation terrorism prior to 9/11 in 1985: do they still pose a threat?

Episode 176: Is Sikh terrorism still a threat in Canada and elsewhere?

On June 23, 1985 an Air India flight enroute from Montreal to Mumbai exploded off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 people aboard. Except this was no accident. A bomb had been placed in luggage by Sikh terrorists living in Canada. This was the single greatest act of aviation history prior to 9/11. What ever happened to Sikh terrorism? Borealis explores this issue with veteran CBC reporter Terry Milewski.

About my guest

Terry Milewski is a Canadian journalist who was the senior correspondent for CBC News for decades. He has reported in television, radio, and print media, from many places around the world. Assignments have included Ottawa, Calgary, Jerusalem, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the US.

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Canadian Intelligence Eh

In a world of multiple voices and opinions it can be very hard to know where to turn.  One choice is to look to those who actually worked in counter-terrorism in the national security world. In these half-hour podcasts, 30-year Canadian intelligence veteran Phil Gurski is joined by a fascinating array of individuals with something meaningful to say about these issues as they provide insight into what they mean and what we need to do about them.

About Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Distinguished Fellow in National Security at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). He worked as a senior strategic analyst at CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) from 2001-2015, specialising in violent Islamist-inspired homegrown terrorism and radicalisation. He is the author of six books on terrorism, including the second edition of The Peaceable Kingdom: A history of terrorism in Canada from Confederation to the present, published by Double Dagger in February 2023.

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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