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Australia to investigate N Korean weapons for Iran in ship seized in UAE

Posted in counterterrorism, foreign policy with tags , , , on August 30, 2009 by admin

Australia probes North Korea weapons for Iran seizure | Reuters

Australia will investigate the case of a shipment of North Korean weapons seized from an Australian-owned ship en route to Iran to see if its laws were broken, Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said Sunday.

Weapons including rocket launchers, detonators, munitions and ammunition for rocket-propelled grenades were seized on August 14 in the United Arab Emirates from the ANL-Australia, an Australian-owned vessel flying the Bahamas flag.

UAE seizes ship carrying secretly N Korean weapons to Iran.


Alleged Australian terrorists linked to Al-Shabab wanted to do something “big, monstrous”

Posted in arrested terrorists, terrorist attacks with tags , , on August 27, 2009 by admin

Alleged conspirators in a terror plot to attack an Australian army base hated non-Muslims and described their planned suicide mission as a “great, monstrous thing,” a court heard Tuesday.

Phone calls between the men and with an Islamic cleric in Somalia that were intercepted by police show the suspects thought they could kill up to 10 soldiers in about 20 minutes before being killed themselves in the attack, according to police records presented to the court.

Australian Federal Police agent David Kinton told the court on Tuesday that phone intercepts revealed a common theme of conversations held by one of the suspects, Saney Edow Aweys, was “hatred towards Australia and Australian people and anyone who doesn’t follow Islam.

Melbourne magistrate refuses bail on 3 terrorist plotters

Posted in arrested terrorists with tags , , , , on August 27, 2009 by admin

A Melbourne magistrate has refused bail for three of the five men accused of plotting to attack an army base in Sydney.

The bail application for Yacqub Khayre, Saney Aweys and Nayef El Sayed took twice as long as expected.