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August 5, 2009

Melbourne terrorist arrests

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Philip J. Palin on August 5, 2009

Early Tuesday a series of arrests were made in Melbourne, Australia of terrorist suspects accused of taking instructions from Al-Shabaab, a Somali insurgent group with ties to al Qaeda.  For several months counterterrorism efforts have focused on a potential Al-Shabbab threat to the United States. (Also see related testimony to Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.)

Following are links to coverage of the Melbourne arrests by Australian and other media:

Imminent strike foiled (The Age)

Somali extremists on fatwa order from God (The Australian)

Police: Australian terrorism plot targeted military  (Australia Network News)

Somali community leaders say they warned of terror cells (Herald-Sun)

Threat real, but don’t panic, says PM (The Australian)

Melbourne terror accused in court outburst (The Age)

Newspaper terrorism leak risked lives (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Newspaper disturbed by terror raid criticism (The Australian)

Hillary Clinton to pledge US aid for Somalia against Al-Shabab (The Telegraph)

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August 17, 2009 @ 7:31 am

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