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    Australia.Arrests in Raids to Disrupt Plot to Bring Down Plane July/17

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/au...g-down-n787811
    Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Sunday that police conducted a counter-terror operation "to disrupt a plot to bring down an airplane," and announced increased security at the nation's airports.

    "The operation is continuing. At this stage four people have been arrested and a considerable amount of material has been seized by police," Turnbull said in an address at around 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning local time (5:30 p.m. Saturday ET).
    According to Covlin, the plot included the potential use of "an improvised device" and the "aviation industry was possibly the target of the attack."

    "We believe it's Islamic-inspired terrorism," Colvin said when asked if the ISIS group was behind the plot.
    Australian Federal Police said the multiple searches were conducted in the Sydney suburbs of Lakemba, Surry Hills, Wiley Park and Punchbowl. The searches were expected to continue for "many hours and days," according to Colvin.

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    I'm glad that there is recognition that terrorists are still trying to inflict attacks on a grand scale their is a misconception that it is highly unlikely a major attack on aircraft can happen nowadays.
    The man in my avatar may have killed two innocent teenagers Abigail Williams and Liberty German. If you know who he is Please call the tip line. There is a reward of $250,000 - Tel- 844.459.5786 or email: abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com

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    The Australian Federal Police have a good track record of finding out about plots. I guess that we are lucky that there are so few of us.

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    The Australian Federal Police have a good track record of finding out about plots. I guess that we are lucky that there are so few of us.
    It only takes a few nutters to carry out catastrophic attack.
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    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/nati...70d334c38f1bbd

    Terror raids Sydney: four men plotted to blow up plane, PM says

    Justice Minister Michael Keenan said it was the 13th significant” counter-terrorism disruption made on Australian soil. While lone actors remained the primary terrorism threat, he said this latest plot proved “sophisticated attacks” were a “real threat.

    Raids across Sydney

    Heavily armed police raided properties in four Sydney suburbs in an operation Mr Turnbull said was designed to stop “terrorist attacks in Australia”.

    Australian Federal Police, NSW Police and the domestic spy agency ASIO jointly carried out the major counter terrorism operation on Saturday afternoon in the Sydney suburbs of Surry Hills, Lakemba, Wiley Park and Punchbowl.

    The Seven Network reported 40 riots squad officers stormed the Surry Hills terrace before the explosives team found a suspicious device. TV footage shows a man with a bandage on his head and draped in a blanket being led away by authorities.
    “Every day that they don’t find something is good for me.“ Billie Dunn

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    Fairfax Media understands the raids relate to a terrorist cell and a bomb plot to bring down an aircraft. The raids were not planned but instead were a rapid response to information about the plot received by police.

    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/three-terr...29-gxlgip.html
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    Australian plane bomb plotters 'planned to use meat mincer filled with explosives'

    http://news.sky.com/story/australian...sives-10968443

    Overseas intelligence reportedly led authorities to act after it suggested the men may have been directed by someone else, but Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull did not confirm this.
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    http://www.9news.com.au/national/201...-across-sydney
    Officers scoured properties across Sydney today, as they tried piece together the details of the horrific scheme which brought the dramatic arrests on Saturday.

    The four Lebanese Australians remain in custody, with police granted an extension to hold them for a further seven days.
    Relatives Mahmoud and Khaled Khayat were arrested in Lakemba, while Khaled Merhi was arrested in Surry Hills. Mr Merhi's son Abdul was also arrested.
    Khaled Merhi (left), Mahmoud Khayat (centre) and Khaled Khayat (right) were arrested over the alleged plot. (9NEWS)
    A flight number - QF41 - found in the garbage bin of a Lakemba home has been linked to the alleged terror plot.

    It is understood the British intelligence agency Mi5 passed on the information to ASIO that prompted the weekend raids.
    The AFP is investigating the possibility that the plot was conceived in Syria and could have been targeting a flight out of Jakarta.
    The Australian reported that the suspected Islamic militants wanted to gas the travellers with a toxic sulphur-based immobiliser.

    The Daily Telegraph claimed the alleged plot may have involved a crude homemade bomb disguised as a kitchen meat grinder that was to be carried in hand luggage.

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    1 suspect released without charges

    A 50-year-old man was released from police custody last night without being charged with a criminal offence, a joint statement from the AFP and NSW Police said this morning.

    The remaining three men will stay in detention under special powers which allow police to hold them for up to a week.

    “This investigation remains ongoing, and further information will be provided at an appropriate time,” the statement said.


    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/new...586ed7cd930ae5
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    Australian Federal Police has released without charge one of four men arrested in counter-terror raids on Saturday over an alleged plan to bring down a commercial flight using a homemade bomb.

    Abdul Merhi, 50, was released from police custody last night.

    Mr Merhi’s lawyer Moustafa Kheir said his client had been through a “tough few days”.


    http://www.9news.com.au/national/201...mb-plot-etihad
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    Two men have been charged over an alleged terror plot to bomb an Etihad Airlines plane, as new detail emerges of how it came dangerously close to being carried out.

    A 49-year-old Lakemba man and a 32-year-old Punchbowl man have each been charged with two counts of preparing and planning a terrorist act.

    The maximum penalty for the charge is life imprisonment.

    The two men are scheduled to appear in Parramatta Court tomorrow.

    http://www.9news.com.au/national/201...-to-be-charged
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    "Australia was terrifyingly close to witnessing the nation's worst ever terror atrocity, with hundreds of people blown out of the sky on a routine Saturday flight to the Middle East, it emerged today.

    If the alleged ISIS-led plot had been successful, the Etihad jet would have been downed by a bomb unwittingly carried on board by one of the suspect's brothers.

    With full details of the plot yet to emerge - and others shrouded in secrecy for legal reasons - the Australian public have only been fed titbits of information this week.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz4oklinxqZ
    The man in my avatar may have killed two innocent teenagers Abigail Williams and Liberty German. If you know who he is Please call the tip line. There is a reward of $250,000 - Tel- 844.459.5786 or email: abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com

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    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-40822310
    Australian terror suspect 'planted plane bomb on brother'
    Australian Federal Police (AFP) Deputy Commissioner Michael Phelan said this was "one of the most sophisticated plots that has ever been attempted on Australian soil".

    He said two suspects had built and concealed a "high-end" military-grade explosive in a piece of luggage.

    The plan was for the brother of one of the suspects to take the luggage with him onboard an Etihad Airways plane leaving Sydney airport on 15 July. The brother was not aware of the bomb, said police.

    But for some reason the plan was aborted at the last minute, and although the piece of luggage was taken to the airport, it was not checked in. The brother then boarded the flight - whose destination has not been specified - without the luggage.

    "There is a bit of conjecture [about] why it did not get through the baggage check-in, but I want to make it quite clear - it never got near [security] screening," he said.

    Police say the suspects had assembled the bomb using parts that were sent in one package from Turkey via air cargo, which was arranged by a senior IS figure.

    One of the suspects had been in contact with that figure since April.
    Australia has been touched by the threat of terror several times - most often by so-called home-grown or lone wolf dangers.

    What makes the latest alleged plots different is that they are believed to have been co-ordinated abroad, with an IS controller giving instructions over the course of three months.

    Police have repeatedly stressed how sophisticated they believe these plans had become, alleging that IS successfully managed to send military-grade explosives into Australia.
    What is Australia's threat level?

    The nation's official terror warning level remains at "probable" - the third level on a scale of five.
    "This is the 13th time, because of the excellence of our law enforcement agencies, that we have been able to stop a terrorist attack from occurring on Australian soil in the past three years," Justice Minister Michael Keenan said on Friday.

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    FROM SYRIA TO SYDNEY: HOW THE AIRPORT TERROR PLOT UNFOLDED

    The Australian
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/nati...7c93df85bdd86c

    Phelan said: “This is one of the most sophisticated plots that has ever been attempted on Australian soil. If it hadn’t been for the great work of our intelligence agencies and law enforcement over a very quick period of time, then we could well have a catastrophic event in this country.”

    But hard questions are being asked how such an elaborate, high-end plot reached maturity without the knowledge of authorities. How were the plotters able to discuss their plan so freely without falling within the vast penumbra of global surveillance enveloping the Syrian conflict?

    How could men so closely associated with Islamic State not be under ASIO watch? And most *seriously of all, how could the world’s most lethal terrorist group smuggle weapons-grade explosives into Australia using normal airfreight?


    Police were not saying who sent the military explosives from Turkey. Possibly they don’t yet know. What is known is that the substance was transferred via *normal air cargo routes and that it arrived in Australia without *border-security authorities getting so much as a whiff of it. Australian Strategic Policy Institute executive director Peter Jennings said border security was a game of “risk and odds’’, which relied on targeted screening rather than universal screening. That, he said, might now have to change.


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    In related Australian news.
    Aug. 21 2017
    http://cnews.canoe.com/CNEWS/World/2.../22746961.html
    Lebanese-Australian brothers intended to blow up plane using Barbie doll bomb: Authorities
    BEIRUT — Lebanon’s interior minister said Monday that the country’s police intelligence played a major role in foiling a plot to bring down an Emirati passenger plane that was supposed to take off from Sydney bound for the United Arab Emirates’ capital, Abu Dhabi.

    Nouhad Machnouk told reporters that four Lebanese-Australian brothers, including one who is in detention in Lebanon, had planned to blow up the plane with bombs hidden inside a large Barbie doll and a meat grinder. He said the bombs did not make it onto the plane because the handbag they were placed in was 7 kilograms (15.4 pounds) above the weight permitted by the airline.

    Machnouk said the bombs were sent back to the would-be attacker’s home in Australia. He said the attacker tried to bring two explosives on the plane in case one of them did not work. The second would be detonated by one of the brothers who was supposed to be the suicide attacker. It was not immediately clear how authorities uncovered the plot.
    Machnouk said two of the brothers, Khaled and Mahmoud Khayyat, are held in Australia, while another, Tarek, is a senior member of the Islamic State group based in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa. He added that the fourth brother, Amer, was supposed to be on board the plane, working to bring it down 20 minutes after takeoff, but was arrested in Lebanon after he arrived in mid-July from Australia.



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