Australia: Links Between Sydney’s Muslim Terrorists Exposed

They went to school together and their families – migrants from Middle eastern countries – had become friends in in a closely grouped set of suburbs in western Sydney.

When the teenagers and young men from these families were arrested in their homes by counter-terrorism police raids in Operation Appleby last year and again this week, the suburbs read like a list of those in the Parramatta Police Local Area Command.

This weeks’ anti-terror raids followed a strike at the heart of that command – police headquarters at Marsden Street, Parramatta – which house the State Crime Command’s homicide, fraud, counter terror and serious crime units.

The links between the men arrested this week following last Friday’s fatal terror attack, and the raids last year ahead of an alleged terror plot, run much deeper than just casual friendships.