Australia -Scorched earth terror threat

Natalie O’Brien  May 6, 2012

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Smoke over the Opera House … an image in an al-Qaeda-linked magazine.

Australia has been named as a specific target for pyro-terrorism in the latest edition of an online terrorism magazine linked with al-Qaeda.

A picture of the Opera House with smoke clouds behind it – captioned ”Sydney city on fire” – has been used to illustrate a story that promotes the use of bushfires as terrorist attacks.

The article in Inspire magazine, titled ”It is of your freedom to ignite a firebomb”, gives a step-by-step guide to building an ”ember bomb”, which it advocates as the best way to start destructive fires.

The article’s release was condemned yesterday by the Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, who said there was no imminent threat against Australia.

However, Ms Roxon said it was a timely reminder, one year since the death of Osama bin Laden, that the threat of violent extremism in Australia remained. ”I have instructed my department to draw this material to the attention of relevant authorities, including the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Communications and Media Authority.”

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Australia signs new ‘counter-terrorism agreement’ with US

Frame grab from the Osama bin Laden videotape ...

Frame grab from the Osama bin Laden videotape released by the Department of Defense on Dec. 13, 2001. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sydney, Fri, 04 May 2012 ANI

Sydney, May 4 (ANI): Australia has signed a new counter terrorism deal with U. S. which highlights the threat of extremism at home and abroad,

Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, the Australian Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, and Justice Minister Jason Clare signed joint statements on transnational crime and counter-terrorism in Canberra on Friday.

The agreements came as papers seized from the Pakistan compound of Osama bin Laden were publicly released, documenting the late terrorist leader’s ambition for further attacks on the “malignant tree” of the US and its allies.

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