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Israeli Intelligence Thwarted Daesh Attempt to Down Passenger Plane - Netanyahu

Israeli Intelligence Thwarted Daesh Attempt to Down Passenger Plane - Netanyahu”

Australian government has extended its gratitude to Israel for aborting plans by terrorists to blow up an Etihad flight in July.

"The thwarting of the attack led to the saving of the lives of dozens of innocent people and demonstrated that Unit 8200 is a player in the intelligence war against Islamic State [Daesh]", the army said.

Four men were arrested over the conspiracy in July, which allegedly involved smuggling a bomb hidden inside a meat grinder onto an Abu Dhabi-bound flight.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on Thursday said the federal government was grateful for information provided by Israel to ASIO, which in turn worked with other worldwide partners.

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"We are very grateful because it did lead directly to dealing with this issue", he told Sydney Radio 2GB on Thursday.

The Israeli army said one of its intelligence units, named 8200, provided the information in 2017 leading to the arrest of Isis militants who were working "toward the execution of the attack".

Dutton says 14 imminent terror attacks have been stopped in Australia and 85 people have been charged with terror-related offences in recent years.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed overnight reports that the country's Unit 8200, attached to the Israeli Intelligence Corps, provided "exclusive intelligence" that thwarted the attack.

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An Islamic State operative sent components from Turkey through air cargo to the men in Sydney and instructed them on how to assemble a "high-end military-grade explosive".

In August 2017, then AFP deputy commissioner Michael Phelan confirmed the improvised bomb never made it past the airline's check-in because it exceeded the hand luggage weight limit.

Australian federal police previously announced that Khaled Khayat, 49, and Mahmoud Khayat, 32, were arrested and charged with two counts of planning a terrorist act in connection with the foiled bomb plot.

Days after the plot was revealed, Lebanon's interior minister said Beirut had monitored the brothers for more than a year and had worked with Australian authorities to disrupt the attack.

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At the time, Australian police called the attempted attack one of "the most sophisticated plots that has ever been attempted on Australian soil", according to The New York Times.



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