Sydney siege reveals the hidden face of Islamic extremism down under: Disturbing rise of plots in ‘soft target’ Australia

A 22-year-old Sydney man arrested in the nation’s largest counter-terrorism operation allegedly conspired with Australia’s most senior Islamist militant to launch a deadly attack on a random passerby

The Sydney siege has thrown a spotlight on the disturbing growth of terror threats in Australia in recent months, with one expert claiming that the country is being targeted because it is a ‘soft target’.

‘I suspect that cities in Australia or Canada are seen as relatively soft targets, compared with London where you can’t turn a corner without seeing a heavily armed policeman nowadays,’ said historian Michael Burleigh.

In September, Australian police carried out the largest counter-terrorism raids in the country’s history, after uncovering an alleged plot to behead a member of the public just yards away from the Lindt cafe that is currently under siege…

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  • mauser 98

    sheesh …Australia banned most private firearms years ago
    wassup?,,, some ‘splainin’ to do Lucy,,

  • Brett_McS

    Don’t know what happened yet. There is some suggestion that the police went in after the RoPer started shooting.

  • pop

    Update. Release of hostage video inside the cafe …..

  • Mickey Oberman

    I fear that Canada is on the terrorists to do list and will also receive their attention.

    Counter terrorism raids on suspected Muslim places of “re education” in advance would not be amiss and might save many Canadian lives.

    If such defencive raids are not permissible under present laws then change the laws and get rid of the undoubted future terrors and terrorists. In today’s world such moves are necessary.