Israel claims credit for thwarting ISIS bomb plot targeting Australia

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.

According to an army announcement on Wednesday, the IDF's famed 8200 cyber unit uncovered the plot and then relayed the information to Israel's intelligence community, which shared it with local Australian enforcement agencies.

"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. The foiling of the attempt was enabled by the unit's close monitoring of Iran's offensive cyber activities and early detection of attack attempts on Israel.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Wednesday said its military intelligence division, Unit 8200, played a critical role in preventing a previously disclosed plot to bomb an Etihad Airways flight out of Sydney a year ago.

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Previous year two brothers were arrested in Sydney - Khaled Khayat and Mahmoud Khayat - and charged with plotting to bring down an Etihad Airways passenger jet destined to fly to Abu Dhabi from Sydney.

Mr. Netanyahu's revelation came during a speech in Jerusalem to U.S. Jewish leaders, and followed a statement from the Israeli army that a branch of military intelligence known as "Unit 8200" had foiled an "aerial attack overseas by Islamic State".

"This is just one of the dozens of terrorist attacks that we have stopped around the world", he said, according to The Times of Israel. "Kol Hakavod to the Israeli intelligence system that not only protects Israeli citizens, but protects citizens of other countries around the world".

Following the arrests, AFP deputy commissioner Michael Phelan said tests of the airport security systems using a mock IED returned a 100 per cent success rate. "If it hadn't been for the great work of our intelligence agencies and law enforcement over a very quick period of time, then we could well have a catastrophic event in this country".

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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".

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

One of the four men arrested was released without charge.

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