Australia: Islamic terror plot foiled – Muslims protest

Some members of Australia’s Muslim community reacted to the arrests with a protest calling the raids, “unjust policing” …

Australian authorities have arrested at least one person on terrorism offenses and detained another 14 as police conducted more than two dozen searches in Sydney, From a report by CNN:

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said authorities obtained intelligence about a “demonstration killing” — a killing, Australian media reported, in which alleged assailants planned to kidnap a member of the public, behead the victim and then drape him or her in an ISIS flag.

The foiled plot comes just days after the country raised its terror alert to high and in the midst of Australia committing to helping the United States and a broad international coalition to beat back the Islamic State, or ISIS.

According to a report from news.com.au:

While the claims remain unconfirmed, it’s understood the plot involved abducting a random Australian, execute them by beheading in a public place, possibly Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD, and film the act and post on social media.

Some members of Australia’s Muslim community reacted to the arrests with a protest calling the raids, “unjust policing” and linking them to anti-terror bills about to be introduced to the Australian Parliament.

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COMMENT/ANALYSIS:  It’s very likely the initial intelligence about the terror plot weighed heavily on the decision to raise the country’s threat level several days ago.  The BBC noted that the raids were the largest anti-terror operation in Australian history.  Islamist attempts to play the victimhood card is not surprising and has become a routine tactic in response to western countries that combat Islamic terror activities.

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