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originally posted by: dianajune
Has anyone confirmed the contents of the "suspicious" package located in/near the Sydney Opera House?
I would be surprised to hear if ISIS is NOT involved. There's been speculation that the flag shown in the Lindt cafe was from Al Nusra, but this seems to have ISIS' handprints all over it.
originally posted by: daaskapital
originally posted by: KaDeCo
a reply to: real_one
Not sure if anyone replied. AU armed forces held a drill about terrorism 6 weeks ago with a cafe scenario as well as this location (Martin Place) being a list of targets of possible terrorism when the PM rose their alert recently.
That was the Australian Defence Force training in Brisbane in preparation for the G20. This is being dealt with by the New South Wales Police in Sydney. Different cities, different states, different elements dealing with the crisis.
Training on a cafe is also a sound idea, considering Martin Place was revealed as a potential terrorist target in raids a couple of months ago.
originally posted by: CX
originally posted by: sueloujo
a reply to: Collateral
I hope they have blocked mobiles because in Mumbai the attackers were getting orders via phone from guys in Pakistan watching it unfold on TV and social media. These walls have ears!
We were trained not to let people use mobiles near a suspect package in case it set the device off too.
That was many years ago mind, not sure if the same cautions apply these days.
originally posted by: antar
As for the flag as stated earlier in this thread, it is next to impossible for extremists to get a hold of the flag of choice and so are welcomed to use any Islamic flag in its place or considered closely related.
originally posted by: ausername
originally posted by: Agit8dChop
ISIS has taken a cafe hostage..
dear god I hope this doesnt go south!
ISIS flag above the words Merry Christmas.
tragically ironic.... It was predicted. The consequences of the unmitigated rise of evil. Like a cancer, yet undiagnosed it continues to spread within societies still in denial of the illness.
From inside the Martin Place newsroom - we can see food is being delivered to the hostages. Staff bringing it out from kitchen at back
All the hostages now huddled at one end of Lindt Cafe, one is covering the window at that end with an apron
When the 5 hostages escaped, the gunman could be seen from here getting extremely agitated, shouting at remaining hostages
The lights in the cafe have just gone off
originally posted by: 3n19m470
a reply to: sn0rch
Wow you let people fly the al queda flags in Aussie? In the US they only sneak in the night and take pics of a flag in front of the white house and post it online. But out in the open?? That's grounds for an immediate beat down on sight!
I just want to say I still respect your nation and you as a person, and I can accept that some nations are more liberal than others, it just surprises me that's all. Kinda like how they eat barbecued tarantulas in Cambodia. I respect it, but its just a little shocking to me because I'm not used to it.
Edit to add... Actually, now that I think about it, I wouldn't be able to distinguish an al queda flag from a peaceful muslim flag. Maybe now since you posted the images, but how many other flags are out there that we need to know about lol?