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Australia Thanks Israel, Confirms Shared Intel Foiled Plane Terror Attack

Soldiers from the 8200 Unit in training Soldiers from the 8200 Unit in training
Kenny Thornton | 22 February, 2018, 14:10

According to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit: "Unit 8200 provided exclusive intelligence information to Australia that prevented the ISIS attack that would have resulted in the destruction of the plane".

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.

The arrest of the suspects and the failed attack were reported internationally back in August 2017, but the role Israeli Intelligence had in preventing the attack had not been revealed until now.

"This would have caused a major disruption in global air transport and this is only one of dozens of terrorist attacks we have foiled around the world", Netanyahu said, later referring to the alleged plot as an Isis operation.

The device never made it onto the plane, apparently because it was too heavy to pass check-in.

Mr. Netanyahu also said the thwarted attack in Australia was one of dozens similar attacks Israel has prevented around the world.

The Israeli army said one of its intelligence units, named "8200", provided the information a year ago, leading to the arrest of IS militants who were working "towards the execution of the attack".

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the intelligence unit's work.

"This Etihad flight was nearly blown out of the sky and it would have resulted in hundreds of people losing their lives", the minister told a Sydney radio station.

Professor Barton said the 8200 military intelligence unit is an extremely sophisticated agency which intercepts so-called signals intelligence, such as telephone and internet communications. The details of the prevented attack were publicized in Australia past year but it was not then revealed which intelligence agency prevented the attack.

The incident took place in July 2017, and two Australian men were found guilty of attempting to blow up the the plane after they would hve poisoned the passengers on board.

Among the four arrested men, two from Sydney's western suburbs were charged with terrorism offences.

Khaled Merhi, 40, was charged with an unrelated offence of possessing an unauthorised Taser.

Authorities have said the alleged plot was linked to the Islamic State group.

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