It has been reported that a plot to bomb the Vic Market was cooking on the wire. The market is at the top end of the city and is popular with Melburnians and tourists. It has come to light that a British amateur “jihadist hunters” had posed as a recruiter and was stringing along “recruits” and then passing that information to Police. This plot is apparently not the first time the informant has helped authorities foil attacks.
“The overseas plotter, Sajed, sent his “trainee” a 5000-page terrorism manual, which has chapters on creating improvised explosive devices and two videos on how to cook up a “bomb in a kitchen”. He requested maps and satellite images of the market, and told his recruit to map out the best route to deliver the bomb.” Hutchinson (TheAustralian)
This media barrage and “jihadi hunter” angle will dissaude people from internet connections (at least without verification) and to act in solitary.
A Victoria Police spokesman said the matter was assessed and it was determined they posed no threat.
“Our teams regularly receive information from various sources and carefully assess that information based on validity and risk,” the spokesman said.
“These matters were assessed earlier this year in accordance with that process and it was determined that they pose no threat in Australia.”
In this case why was it necessary to make it a front page news story? The other story that has been getting spun on high revolution is the Australian Army conducting an inquest into SAS soldiers actions some from ten years ago.
“An Australian special forces soldier kicked a handcuffed Afghan detainee off a cliff before endorsing his summary execution, according to allegations made by direct witnesses.” (here)
What does the media think this will precipitate? Is this some type of fuel for riot porn ratings?
UPDATE – June 14th
Images have appeared in Australian Mainstream media of a German Nazi flag being flown on a vehicle. The event took place in 2007 and was summarily dealt with at the the time. This reiterates my point that media seek to provoke and agitate through the dredging up of such images. How will any fair justice be available to soldiers in the Defence Force Inquest?
Perhaps the politicians and journalists who have never been to Afghanistan, let alone a conflict zone should try and understand how “a twisted joke” can raise moral of the men and women who are repeatedly sent into this region and the stress and strains it places on their home lives. Read ABC tripe (here)
Flying the Nazi flag may be a representation of how the soldiers felt…in a far off country for some unkown reasons, doing the politicians dirty work? (War Pigs)
If this was the case below, you would never hear about it…
UPDATE June 15 2018
The media deluge of this historical artefact has precipitated actions from a disaffected person to send threatening letters to a witness of the Defence Forces Inquiry. Below Mark Biskin (CoD) and Marise Payne (Min.Def) corrects “journalists” who persist with their poisonous rhetoric. (ABC)
Man Monis sent letters to dead Australian soldier’s families. (tangentcode)
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Germany arrests returning Iraqi – Deash foreign fighters
March 2018 – (125) PKK and YPG return to Germany (here)
Returning foreign fighters and juristiction (here)
June 5th, 2017 in the bayside suburb of Brighton a shootout with police ensues, the shooter is shot dead.
The suburb where the event unfolded in the afternoon is about fifteen minutes from the city and is a quiet upper middle class area. The event was over relatively quickly and once the details were accrued a familiar story of probation, prison radicalisation and drug addiction came into sharp focus.
Yacqub Khayre, 29 was well known to police, was on probation for violent home invasion, was involved in the Holsworthy Barracks terror plot (wiki) August 2009.
Khayre and another man were acquitted. The three others, Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, Saney Edow Aweys and Nayev el Sayed, were convicted and sentenced to 18 years each in prison. (update- June 2017)
The event in Brighton started with Khayre calling an escort, (a 36- year-old Colombian national living in Australia from nearby Ripponlea) to the hotel who he then tied up. Yacqub Khayre then drew the police into an ambush after calls to emergency services, shooting three officers before he was finally neutralised and shot dead. Two police officers suffered hand injuries, the third was injured in the face and neck area. Khayre also shot an killed an Australian National of Chinese origin who was working at the hotel in the downstairs entrance. Chinese media reporting that the man was “married fifteen days ago and has a child“
Update: Kai Hao, 36, identified as the man shot in downstairs area. (The Age)
Yacqub Khayre had tampered with his probation ankle tracker which had been noted by G4S and reported to Victorian Police. Khayre had called a local news station claiming the attack “this is for ISIS”, however this seems to be a red herring. (Note – the event is not listed in Rumiyah 10, see below)
“We have hundreds of people that we need to try and keep an eye on and we do that in conjunction with the commonwealth intelligence agencies and the Australian federal police,” – Police Commissioner Ashton
“He wasn’t someone who we had heightened concerns about at the moment.” – Police Commissioner Ashton
Again it is the jails where this radicalisation repeats.
“Most recently he’s done some prison time in relation to reckless intent to cause injury and whilst in prison was processed as well for arson whilst in the corrections system.”
Victoria’s budget for de-radicalising programs is $6.385 million over four years. The programs has twenty two participants.
Below is an evidence bag taken at the scene
The Australian Prime Minister has pushed states to reform probation laws questioning how Khayre was allowed out in the community after perpetrating violent crimes. (Guardian)
“a very long record of violence”,
“He was a known violent offender … How was he out on parole?” …..these equations are echoed throughout communities around Australia.
The reality is that a shoplifter will get more jail time than a violent offender who has a refugee background. Police are told to “go easy on them”.
Update = Wikileaks document with regard to Operation Neath (here)
And the arrest in August 2009 (here)
UPDATE – firearms charges laid following arrest of fourth person (ABC)
A fourth man has been charged in connection with allegedly supplying a weapon used in the deadly Brighton siege in Melbourne.
The 36-year-old man from Greenvale, in Melbourne’s north, is facing six charges, including possessing a firearm and ammunition and two counts of being an unlicensed firearms dealer.
Three other people — a 47-year-old West Meadows man, a 25-year-old Gladstone Park man and a 30-year-old Ascot Vale man — have already been charged with firearms offences in connection with the Brighton incident on June 5th.
Afghanistan – “Surely Falsehood is Ever Bound to Vanish” an eight minute quasi professional video narrated in English which attempts to show the American tax payers the enormous resources which are poured into the thirty tear war with no end in sight. The title comes from (Qur’anic verse 17:81.)
The video shows militants gunning down soldiers as they escape, even taking one prisoner. The final scene shot from the ubiquitous floating drone shows a HumVee, packed with TNT, oxidise into dust.
The video below is the last scene from “Roar of the Lions – Wilayat al-Furat” a storyboard Daesh al-Furat video release January 30, 2017. The video is from a drone point of view, dropping an explosive into a compound.
Daesh have been using drones extensively over the last twelve months from making propaganda videos to trailing VBIED’s, (tangentcode). The system of delivery utilising hobby drones is as basic as it is destructive and is easily arranged with some modelling glue a plastic tube and the physics of time, speed and distance.
Military spec Drones have been looted (pic-28 July 2016) are not out of the box, but carefully constructed with long range capabilities. (tangentcode)
Solution – Disable the application that the device uses for telemetry and GPS. This could be done with regional restrictions through the Application developers, such as flight restrictions surrounding airports.