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Police are carrying out terror raids across western Sydney.
NSW Police said the operation, which was still ongoing on Thursday morning, was the result of a counter-terrorism operation also involving the Australian Federal Police.
Officers have raided properties in Beecroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park.
Hundreds of police officers are believed to be involved in the operation.
A number of arrests have been made, but police would not specify how many.
It is understood that raids are also being carried out in Brisbane.
Further updates were expected later on Thursday morning.
Australia will send a military force to the United Arab Emirates to contribute to the US campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State (Isis) militants in Iraq.
In response to a formal request from the US for specific Australian defence force (ADF) capabilities, the prime minister, Tony Abbott, said Australia would supply 600 personnel – made up of 400 from the air force and 200 from the military, including special forces – along with equipment to the coalition force against the Isis movement.
Up to eight Royal Australian Air Force F/A18F Super Hornets combat aircraft, a Wedgetail surveillance aircraft, and a tanker and transport aircraft will be sent to the United Arab Emirates.
“In addition, the Australian Defence Force will prepare a special operations task Group as military advisers that could assist Iraqi and other security forces that are taking the fight to the [Isis] terrorists,” said Abbott. Military advice would also be provided to Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq.
ADF personnel will be based in the US headquarters “to ensure close coordination” with the US and to support planning and logistics.
“We are not deploying combat troops but contributing to international efforts to prevent the humanitarian crisis from deepening,” said Abbott.
For once its possible to praise Bill Shorten for something because the on this occasion the opposition is sticking with the long standing tradition of solidarity with the government when our troops are deployed into harms way. In fact with the exception of the far left Greens who have been predictably tacitly defending the IS Islamofachist killers in the northern part of Iraq there is an almost universal feeling in this country that going to war to stop the atrocities committed in the name of Allah. With the brutal murder of a British aid worker fresh in our minds who could possibly think that there is any other choice but to go into northern Iraq and Syria with all guns blazing?
I rather firmly of the opinion that a predominately air based campaign will be more successful on this occasion than it was in the previous forays into Iraq. I think this for a couple of reasons. Firstly the current crop of Jihadis have very little willing support from the people in the territory they nominally control. This has to be a natural consequence of their brutality and continuing war crimes. Without some support from the population for their aims and methodology then all they have is fear from the people who currently live under their rule. While that is a good motivator for population compliance its not going to help them much in terms of defending the territory that currently occupy. Secondly the local geography of dry desert mostly flat territory provides little cover and that means that vehicles and men on the move are hard to hide form air surveillance and more importantly air strikes. If its moving and holds armed men then it can be taken out form the air.
I think that we can be pretty sure that the Kurds in the north will not tend towards the excesses of war that will alienate the Sunis who we want on our side n this war but I am far less confident of the Shia militias who may well be inclined to take some sort of revenge on the Suni population if they are perceived to be at all sympathetic to the IS Jihadis, this issue was front and center in the weekend news reporting out of Iraq on the ABC.
One thing that I don’t expect though is that there will be many IS Jihadists taken prisoner. Fanatics can not be trusted to be honorable nor is it to be expected that they will surrender when their situation is hopeless. Rule 303 is also likely to be applied by the ground forces that mop up as well. If many of them are taken prisoner its likely that bleeding hearts like the loopy Greens will want to see them tried by one court or another. While that may suit the namby-pamby Greens I just don’t think that you want to give too many of these scumbags the venue to further promote their hateful ideology.
Its of course too early to predict the result of this war but I don’t share the pessimism of dyed in the wool extreme lefties who are already wishing for failure here. Frankly failure is not an option because we have to excise the cancer from he middle east if any of us are to sleep well in our beds into the future the death cult has to be, well, killed as quickly and completely as we can do it. Fortunately there seems to be a quite broad range of nations who are willing to join into this sadly necessary task.
While many of my friends from the left are trying desperately to ignore the religiosity of the current situation in both Syria and Iraq those of us with functioning brains take these neo-barbarians at their word when they clam to be committing their atrocities in the name of Allah and in pursuit of the creation of a new caliphate. Frankly as long as Islam has such an agenda we just can not be sanguine about its goals and intentions. That we have a substantial number of Muslims on Australia is a consequence of history and I am more than happy to acknowledge that, at present, the majority of them are mainly interested in getting on with their lives like any other Aussie. However the religion itself is not like other faiths it is a totalitarian ideology that seeks to control/dictate every aspect of a believer’s life from what they eat, the way that they wash, the way that they treat their children and even the way that they beat their wives. Worst of all the faith commands the faithful to kill unbelievers, homosexuals and those who find reason and leave the faith. What this boils down to in modern Australia is that its only those who are only just nominally Muslim who we can see as no possible threat to the peace and harmony of Australian society. Now with the news that 150 Australian citizens who hold dual nationality are probably playing at Jihad in the middle east it seems utterly reasonable that if these young men are going to take up the gun or the bomb against western civilization then we should help them out in resolving their divided loyalties by revoking their Australian citizenship:
As part of the ramped-up security push, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said he was prepared to consider the British model that allows authorities to strip dual nationals of their passports, provided it does not render them stateless.
The power has been used to considerable effect during the Syria crisis, which has seen scores of Britons flock to jihad.
Mr Morrison said while the government was prepared to contemplate the idea, he labelled it an extreme measure. “Cancelling the citizenship of a dual citizen is a very extreme measure,’’ he said. “There are existing provisions within the citizenship act that deal with these sorts of things … and at this stage there are no formal proposals before the parliament.’’
The comments follow a recommendation by the federal government’s Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, Bret Walker SC, who recommended the government consider the measure.
“The INSLM is concerned that the concept of dual citizenship raises issues of divided loyalties and does not see why, as a matter of policy, an Australian citizen should also be able to be a citizen of another country,” Mr Walker said in his report, tabled in parliament this week.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop yesterday confirmed that about 150 Australians had joined the fighting in Iraq and Syria, among them Khaled Sharrouf, a convicted terrorist who slipped out of Australia illegally last year and is fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
This blog has even had its own brush with one of those playing the Jihad game a few weeks ago I was contacted by an ABC journalist about this post
because he believed that the person writing to me had gone to Syria to play the Jihad game this contact was made subsequent to his wife being arrested at Sydney Airport when she tried to take materials to her husband in Syria The ABC were even going to interview this humble blogger about the email correspondence that I discussed in the post linked to above. The interview did not eventuate simply because the Journalist was concerned that it was hard to be definitive that the man I corresponded was the same person playing Jihad. Frankly we just don’t want or need anyone who wants to spread Islam by the sword to be citizens of this country and the sooner that he and others of the same ilk are sent packing the sooner that our country will be a better place for the rest of us.
Its a characteristic of our friends from the left that they love to take a stand “on principle” that those poor followers of Islam who were holidaying at club Gitmo were of course all “innocent” men and that its just paranoia to think that they might possibly want to kill people in the name of Allah. While I have no desire to prejudge anyone who has not yet been to trial it surely has to at least raise an eyebrow or three that UK police have just arrested one of the former holidaymakers from Club Gitmo on terrorism charges:
Surely this suggests that Moazzam Begg really deserved his Cuban holiday and that maybe he should enjoy another long holiday at one of Her Majesty’s fine hotels…
So how many holiday makers from Club Gitmo would that make it who have been discovered , for a second time, playing at Jihad?