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Australian Authorities Launch Dawn Raids To Prevent ISIS-Linked 'Public Execution'

15 men arrested in country's largest ever counter-terrorism operation.

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UPDATE 1730 AEST: The man at the centre of the alleged daylight beheading plot in Sydney's CBD has been charged with planning a terrorist act and refused bail.

The 22-year-old Omarjan Azari appeared briefly at Sydney's Central Local Court, with court documents showing the most senior Australian ISIS member Mohammad Ali Baryalei named as a co-conspirator in the plot.According to ABC News, Azari was allegedly planning to abduct a random member of the public from Sydney's CBD, drape them in an ISIS flag, behead them and send a filmed copy of the attack to jihadists in Syria and Iraq.
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The 22-year-old Omarjan Azari appeared briefly at Sydney's Central Local Court, with court documents showing the most senior Australian ISIS member Mohammad Ali Baryalei named as a co-conspirator in the plot.

According to ABC News, Azari was allegedly planning to abduct a random member of the public from Sydney's CBD, drape them in an ISIS flag, behead them and send a filmed copy of the attack to jihadists in Syria and Iraq.

Here's a court sketch of Omarjan Azari, who faces terrorism charges, by artist Bernd Heinrich: http://t.co/fpbrIahbdN

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Here's a court sketch of Omarjan Azari, who faces terrorism charges, by artist Bernd Heinrich: http://t.co/fpbrIahbdN

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott said authorities had picked up communication that called for "demonstration killings" in Australia.

"This is not just suspicion, this is intent and that's why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have," said Mr Abbott.Earlier more than 800 police officers launched dawn raids on more than a dozen suburban homes in Sydney and outer Brisbane.Authorities arrested 15 men with alleged links to the daylight plot.
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"This is not just suspicion, this is intent and that's why the police and security agencies decided to act in the way they have," said Mr Abbott.

Earlier more than 800 police officers launched dawn raids on more than a dozen suburban homes in Sydney and outer Brisbane.

Authorities arrested 15 men with alleged links to the daylight plot.

UPDATE 1100AEST ABC News is reporting the alleged plot involved beheading a kidnapped victim on camera.

Court documents expected to reveal the terror plan involved draping random Sydney person in Islamic State flag and beheading them on camera

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Court documents expected to reveal the terror plan involved draping random Sydney person in Islamic State flag and beheading them on camera

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The one man charged with terrorism related offences is expected to appear in court this morning, with ABC News reporting that the alleged plot involved plans to abduct and behead a member of the public.

The 14 other men detained this morning are yet to be charged with police.

UPDATE 1000AEST Police arrest 15 men, with one man charged over alleged plan to commit terrorism act on Sydney street.

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The New South Wales police have confirmed 15 men have been arrested in relation to this morning's terror raids in Sydney and Queensland, with one man being charged with terrorism related offences.

"The violence was to be perpetrated to be a member of the public on the streets… at a high level," NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione told a media conference in Sydney.

Commissioner Scipione would not reveal the exact nature of the planned attack and would not confirm that it was a plan to 'behead' a member of the public.

Acting Australian Federal Police Commissioner Andrew Colvin confirmed that today's joint police activities is the largest terrorism related operation in the country's history.

Acting Commissioner Colvin said more than 800 police officers across all jurisdictions were involved, with 500 NSW officers and 70 Queensland officers.

He said, the 12 raids across suburban Sydney "were not linked" to the raids in south-eastern Queensland.

The media conference was peppered with questions from journalists about how the public should respond to the morning's events, with police calling for calm.

"Right now is a time for calm… it is not a time to whip this up," said Commissioner Scipione.

More than a dozen suburban homes in two states have been raided in what some believe is Australia's largest ever terrorism-related search operation.

New South Wales police have released a statement saying arrests have already been made after 12 suburbs were raided in the early hours of Thursday morning.Police footage shows heavily armed officers, with detectives and dog squad members entering the homes in Sydney's north-western subrubs; Beecroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park.Some of the video appears to show men from the homes brought outside by officers, cuffed with zip ties.
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New South Wales police have released a statement saying arrests have already been made after 12 suburbs were raided in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Police footage shows heavily armed officers, with detectives and dog squad members entering the homes in Sydney's north-western subrubs; Beecroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park.

Some of the video appears to show men from the homes brought outside by officers, cuffed with zip ties.

Arrests made in Sydney counter terrorism operation #sydneyarrests - http://t.co/Yp7ThGmo96

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Arrests made in Sydney counter terrorism operation #sydneyarrests - http://t.co/Yp7ThGmo96

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During the NSW operation, Queensland police raided homes in the suburbs of Mount Gravatt East, Logan and Underwood.

Australian Federal Police and local branches are expected to hold a press conference this morning to announce the details of the large-scale operation.

The news of the raids has spread with apparent ISIS sympathisers tweeting the details.

Breaking: Big operation ongoing against Muslim Islamic State sympathizers in Australia.

Salahuddin@KhalidIbnOmar11

Breaking: Big operation ongoing against Muslim Islamic State sympathizers in Australia.

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One of the most outspoken leaders of Sydney's Islamic community Dr Jamal Rifi tweeted his support for the raids.

Counter terrorism raids.Still going.safety and security of ALL AUSTRALIAN is everyone responsibility

Dr Jamal Rifi@JamalRifi1

Counter terrorism raids.Still going.safety and security of ALL AUSTRALIAN is everyone responsibility

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RIGHT NOW: Police raiding a home in Guildford. @TheTodayShow

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RIGHT NOW: Police raiding a home in Guildford. @TheTodayShow

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The raids come less than a week after Australia, on the advice of security agencies, officially raised its terror threat level from "Medium" to "High," a status that warns of a "likely attack" on local targets.

At a press conference, Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned the public about the threat posed by individuals and groups linked to the operations of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Police have begun releasing footage from the raids, with this house in Marsfield in Sydney's north-west one of the targets of the raid.

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More footage shows one man being led out of his house and detained with zip-ties as detectives search the home.

View this video on YouTube

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