Australia Raids over ‘Islamic State Plot to Behead’

BBC News, September 18, 2014

Police have carried out anti-terrorism raids in Sydney sparked by intelligence reports that Islamist extremists were planning random killings in Australia.

PM Tony Abbott said a senior Australian Islamic State militant had called for “demonstration killings”, reportedly including a public beheading.

The raids, with at least 800 heavily armed officers, led to 15 arrests.

One man has been charged with planning an attack. Prosecutors said it involved “gruesomely” killing someone.

Omarjan Azari, 22, is accused of conspiring with Mohammad Ali Baryalei–believed to be the most senior Australian member of IS–and several others between May and September, according to court documents.

‘Imperative danger’

Australian media reports said they had discussed abducting members of the public and beheading them on camera, draped in a black IS flag.

In recent weeks, IS has released video footage showing the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker seized in Syria.

The news of an alleged plot to publicly behead a random Australian will shock many people here, including the vast majority of this country’s long-established moderate Muslim community.

Many Muslims are unhappy with what’s going on in Iraq and Syria but would never resort to violence. These raids risk antagonising the broader Islamic community.

But Australia, like many countries including Britain, is worried about the threat from Islamic State, not just abroad but at home. More than a decade on from Australia’s support for the US-led war in Iraq, the country finds itself embroiled in a conflict that is far from over.

Tony Abbott this week announced he is sending 600 troops to the Middle East to assist in the fight against Islamic State. Security forces clearly face a battle at home too.

Asked about the reports at a news conference, Mr Abbott said: “That’s the intelligence we received.”

“Direct exhortations were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in [IS] to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country.”

Prosecutor Michael Allnutt said Mr Azari had planned to commit “extremely serious” offences that involved “an usual level of fanaticism” and were “clearly designed to shock, horrify and terrify” the public.

The plot involved the “random selection of persons to rather gruesomely execute”, and those involved had an “irrational determination” to carry it out even though they knew they were under surveillance, he added.

The charge against Mr Azari stemmed from a telephone call intercepted earlier this week, which prompted police to carry out the raids.

“It’s been an immediate reaction to a clear, imperative danger,” Mr Allnutt said.

Mr Azari’s barrister told the court that police had very little evidence to support the charge, but he did not apply for bail.

Another of those arrested, a 24-year-old man, was charged with unauthorised possession of a prohibited weapon and possessing ammunition without a licence.

About 200 people from Sydney’s Muslim community held a protest against the raids on Thursday night. Speakers reportedly made claims of police brutality and political hysteria.

‘Young recruits’

The anti-terrorism operation–the largest in Australian history–began early on Thursday, with officers executing 25 search warrants across 12 suburbs of Sydney.

Other raids took place in Brisbane. Acting Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin said they were not directly linked to the Sydney operation but related to a raid last week on an Islamic centre that led to two men being charged with terrorism offences.

Mr Colvin said the age of Mr Azari and others under investigation were of concern, adding: “We are seeing that younger and younger men are deciding to take up arms or wanting to participate or in some way contribute to the cause.”

Last week, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that Mr Baryalei, a former Sydney bouncer and part-time actor, had recruited a “who’s who” of Australian IS fighters.

The Australian police subsequently confirmed that a warrant had been issued for him for “alleged terrorism-related activities”.

Officials say dozens of Australians have gone to fight for IS, which has taken control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria, and the al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda-affiliated rebel group in Syria.

Australia has recently committed troops to combat IS in Iraq.

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  • DaveMed

    The news of an alleged plot to publicly behead a random Australian will shock many people here, including the vast majority of this country’s long-established moderate Muslim community.

    Many Muslims are unhappy with what’s going on in Iraq and Syria but would never resort to violence…


    Why does the BBC (specifically, Jon Donnison) feel qualified to make this assessment?

    • Mr. Donnison is a moderated idiot, so he makes these “assessments” on his own.

    • bilderbuster

      He says what he’s paid to say.

  • evilsandmich

    But Australia, like many countries including Britain, is worried about the threat from Islamic State, not just abroad but at home

    But not ‘worried’ enough to keep those kooks from coming into our nations.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Diversity and lax immigration standards lead to factions and conflict, and, in this case, brutal terrorism.

    • propagandaoftruth

      “including the vast majority of this country’s long-established moderate Muslim community.”

      Long-established? How long are we talking about?

      Garbage journalism coddling garbage religion that encourages garbage people to trash a civilized society.

      Hate thine enemy. He deserves it.

  • TruthBeTold

    Islam, the religion of slaughter.

    Have you ever wondered why Muslim countries don’t join Western nations to combat Islamic ‘extremism’? It’s because they’re letting their unwashed minions carry out the dirty work so their hands will appear free of blood.

    • Islam, the religion of slaughter.

      And the practice of human torture.

      Bring your daughter to the slaughter.

  • MekongDelta69

    When you import the third world, you get the third world.

  • IstvanIN

    This is the result of the lingering effect of British Imperialism that is still rife in Australian culture. From the Union Jack on the flag, to the Queen on the money, all the way up to the English language, Muslims are constantly taunted with the specter of British Imperialism. The psychological harm must be tremendous. Perhaps Australia needs to get to the root of the problem: her British past.

  • B.A_2014

    Followers of the religion of peace planning to commit barbaric acts. How could this happen?

    I guess it’s the way one interprets the book.

  • Truthseeker

    I’d rather be a “xenophobe” than see one of my people get beheaded. No good comes of letting Muslims into Western countries. None.

  • My own opinion is that ISIS is a Mossad/CIA funded psy op designed to gin up public support for more Middle East war and to soften up the West to accept even more restrictions on our freedom, up to and including martial law. Hello, police state.

    Setting aside my above opinion, Muslims are too volatile to be trusted to live in the West. Even several of the muzzie profs at the university were scary due to their volatile temperaments. It makes no sense to allow them to immigrate to the West, while fighting them in the sand dunes.

    Australians are derived from prison ancestors. It’s high time that the white Australian reached into his ancestral DNA and went to work doing the dirty job of getting the dune coons out of a civilization they HATE.

    • IstvanIN

      Many of the prisoners convicts to Australia were petty thieves and prostitutes, not John Dillingers and Ma Barkers.

      • bilderbuster

        Stealing bread could get you a one way ticket down under but the Brits liked to hang their petty thieves too.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Dune coons… that’s good one.
      It’s time for all White western civilizations to remember their history at this point, specifically the lessons of valor and bravery of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, and how they finally expelled the Moors from Spain after 800 years.

      • saxonsun

        Sand ni**er.

    • LHathaway

      “ISIS is a Mossad/CIA funded psy op designed to gin up public support for more Middle East war and to soften up the West to accept even more restrictions on our freedom”

      I thought you were going to say ‘soften us up into accepting more immigrants’

    • JohnEngelman

      Extraordinary assertions require extraordinary evidence.

      People in ISIS are identifiable as Muslims. I doubt they would take orders from Mossad and the CIA.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      I think one spirited ISIS beheading spree in America will relax gun laws indefinitely.

  • Michael Robert Ryan

    I bet they’re sorry they gave up their right to own guns now…

    • Periapsis

      Indeed, even weapons like this one in the hands of white civilians fighting for their families lives will not be enough if things progress into an out all war between whites and these invaders. Wholesale slaughter of these fiends in what will amount to the Crusades 2.0 is the only way we will take our lands back, along with the fifth columnists who aided and abetted them. That will require heavy weapons, missiles and aircraft. Then we should lay waste to the pits from where they came too.

  • Bobbala

    There are still people that are worried about making them mad … I’m glad somebody is giving them reason to be fearful.

  • Samuel Hathaway

    Earth to all gun control libtards: The fact that ISIS is seeking victims at random to behead off the streets is as good an argument as any for concealed carry permits. And for those who think ISIS cut-throats would steal the guns… yes, that remains problematic, but at least the intended victim at least HAS A CHANCE FOR SURVIVAL AND TO TAKE OUT AN ISIS MADMAN.

    • OS-Q

      Their solution would be banning knives. lol

  • Headwinds of Reality

    Over here in Australia our anti-white politicians and police are all but fighting each other to be first to a microphone and pronounce that this is “not about religion”. It’s sickening to watch the news here at the moment.

    • LHathaway

      How about something really shocking. one of them rushing to the microphone proclaiming, “this is about race”

    • Long Live Dixie

      Every time the Muslims hear that, they know they have Westerners on the run. It’s like a shark smelling blood.

      • Periapsis

        Indeed, it’s ringing the dinner bell for them. At least my Ukrainian and Russian ancestors knew from the outset that it is ALL about religion as well as race when they were decapitating or running through Muslim invaders.

    • commentator83

      True, but what else could they say? I don’t buy that politicians who publicly spout rubbish like Islam is still a religion of peace, nothing to see here folks, are in a conspiracy against whites – the system and culture in western nations just won’t allow it. Once you have multiculturalism, you’re stuck kowtowing to minorities for good, until break-up into distinct ethnostates. You could get away with telling it like it is on Islam in Russia or somewhere like that, but no politician here, whatever they privately believe on the matter, could publicly say anything other than protecting ‘harmony’ and not alienating hundreds of thousands of people. Once you bring a group in, muslims or whoever, you can’t just call on them to get rid of their religion, as it was never a precondition when they were originally brought in. The politicians are just playing along with the game that’s been created for them decades ago, to address the problem we have to recognise that, not just call conspiracy on everyone. they might be ‘anti white’ to us, but not to them, they’re either culturally conditioned to not see race and culture as important, or they do but are essentially just doing their jobs and taking home a pay cheque.

  • Bantu_Education

    “About 200 people from Sydney’s Muslim community held a protest against the raids on Thursday night. Speakers reportedly made claims of police brutality and political hysteria.”

    So if these protesters are from the “long established moderate Muslim community” surely they should be showing their opposition to terrorism in the name of Islam by supporting the police action?

  • IKUredux

    These people(muslims) have got to GO! Why the hell are they here in the West anyway? Why are we allowing TPTB to dictate who lives in our White countries? HELLO! Who the hell do they think they are ? Seriously? We are going to let them dictate to us who lives in OUR countries? Have we lost our collective minds? These people do not belong in White Western countries! So, why the hell are we all of a sudden letting them in? Why? No, really, WHY? The masters of the universe, despite their wealth are not the boss of any of us. So, why are we putting up with this? We do not want foreigners in our countries. We do not want people who are going to complain about Halloween, or Christmas, or Easter. We don’t want them to complain about Valentine’s Day, or, actually ANYTHING that is part of our WHITE AMERICAN culture. Holy cow, these usurpers are demanding FOOT BATHS! We Whites are being made to pay for foot baths and every other cultural usurpation. Fight back NOW! I am telling you, graffiti works wonders. It has already started. Keep up the good work.

  • bilderbuster

    Yet it somehow manages to lead the world in viewings of homosexual internet porn per capita.

    • are you kidding me??

      • bilderbuster

        Pakistan leads the world in gay porn.
        Google it!
        And while you’re at it spread it far and wide.

  • bilderbuster

    There is one religion that can’t be criticized unless you’re willing to be accused of wanting to turn 6 billion people into lampshades and soap then burn them in ovens no matter what they do.

  • KenelmDigby

    The irony is that Australia more or less refused to admit Muslims as permanent residents right up to the early 1970s.
    Unfortunately the modern curse of PC took hold in Australia and this eminently sensible policy was abandoned. Can anyone really honestly say that Australia has improved by abandoning the White Australia policy?

  • Ike Eichenberg

    Western ideals of religious freedom are not compatible with religions that demand conversion or death.

  • OS-Q

    They actually had scimitars they were going to use!

    I’m wondering if the police weren’t taking any chances with this, not because of the potential bloodshed, but the political blow-back of letting another group of Muslims act like savages in broad daylight.

    • Periapsis

      Such as civil war that will end with tens of thousands if not many more dead Muslims AND those who admitted them in the first place?

  • bubo

    Obama, Kerry and Bush have all said that these people aren’t true Muslims. So no worries.

  • IstvanIN

    Sad if they go through with it.

  • Epiminondas

    There were no prison colonies in the colonial US. You are probably confused by the Georgia colony founded by Oglethorpe, who wanted to bring over inmates of debtors prisons and provide them with a means of paying off debt. But that scheme never got off the ground. Georgia was colonized much as the others, except that there were more members of England’s minor aristocracy involved than had been the case earlier.

  • “These raids risk antagonising the broader Islamic community” – why, whenever Muslims do something barbaric and heinous, does the west respond mainly by being concerned with ‘antagonising the Islamic community’ or by worrying about prejudice? Whatever happened to responding with fiery vengeance or, heaven forbid, with defending your own civilisation to the last? Hey! How about responding to an enemy as a same civilisation should – by fighting back.