Operation Appleby is touted as Australia’s biggest counter-terrorism raid. In 2009 there was Operation Neath and in 2004 Operation Pendennis.
SOME OF AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST TERROR RAIDS
One man, Omarjan Azari, charged with acting in preparation for a terrorist act, allegedly conspiring with senior IS figure Mohammad Baryalei and others.
Number of police involved: 800 from AFP, NSW Police, QLD Police and ASIO.
Raids in western and northwestern Sydney suburbs and in three locations in southeast Queensland
What’s alleged: terrorist cell may have been planning beheadings, and/or mass shootings of random members of the public in Sydney.
Number of police involved: 400 from AFP, Victoria Police and NSW Police.
Raids in northern Melbourne suburbs and Colac in south-western Victoria.
What’s alleged: the men were planning a suicide terrorist attack on Holsworthy army barracks in Sydney’s west.
What else: The investigation also uncovered links to a north African terrorist group, al-Shabaab. Police alleged the suspected terrorist cell was involved in supporting the Islamic insurgency in Somalia.
Saney Edow Aweys, Nayef El Sayed and Wissam Mahmoud Fattal all sentenced to 18 years for ‘conspiring to do acts in preparation for, or planning, such a terrorist act’.
Joint investigation involving NSWPF, AFP, NSW Crime Commission and ASIO.
Uncovered a network of terrorism cells in Melbourne and Sydney who had plotted terrorist attacks on Australian soil, including bombing the MCG on AFL Grand Final Day.
Around 20 arrests
Found guilty in 2008: Radical Muslim cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika sentenced to 15 years imprisonment
Aimen Joud sentenced to 10 years
Fadl Sayadi sentenced to 8 years
Abdullah Merhi sentenced 6 years
Ezzit Raad sentenced to 6 years
Amer Haddara sentenced to 6 years
Found guilty in 2009:
Khaled Sharrouf sentenced to three years, 11 months and seven days after pleading guilty to one count relating to preparations for a terrorist act. Released on October 15, 2009. Has since joined the IS fighters in Syria. He shocked the public earlier this year in putting a photo on social media of his son holding up a severed head.
Found guilty in 2010:
Khaled Cheikho sentenced to 27 years
Moustafa Cheikho sentenced to 26 years
Mohamed Ali Elomar sentenced to 28 years
Abdul Rakib Hasan sentenced to 26 years
Mohammed Omar Jamal sentenced to 23 years