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The brothers, aged 18 and 21, and another Australian of Polish extraction were arrested two weeks ago, suspected of being members of an al-Qaeda cell and plotting to smuggle arms to Somalia. All three men are from NSW, and security sources say some of them have links to the Ayub brothers, who allegedly set up a Jemaah Islamiah cell in Australia in the late 1990s.
"They wouldn't be out of place in Byron Bay," he said of the brothers, who he confirmed were of Anglo-Saxon background. "The family is very, very upset and they believe there is no doubt the Australian Government is responsible … they used to get hassled in Australia by ASIO and some people intervened when they were flying out of the country."
Originally posted by Regenmacher
Maybe they were trying to redistribute some of the windfall from Iraq.
Quarter-million American weapons missing in Iraq
The U.S. military cannot account for about 278,000 weapons destined for 325,500 members of the Iraqi Security Forces.
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Must be some amature arms traders, who were too lazy to go legit or the CIA is getting real sloppy.
THE two Australian brothers arrested in Yemen as suspected al-Qaeda terrorists were under observation over a suicide bomb plot to blow up Sydney's Kings Cross railway station.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal that a terrorist cell was last year planning a London-style attack on peak-hour commuters at the busy underground station.
The plot was three months in the planning before it was foiled last year by ASIO and NSW and Federal counter-terrorism police.
Authorities believed the men were linked to plotters stockpiling a range of chemicals including acetone, known as "Mother of Satan", an explosive precursor used in the London bombings.
Mohammed and Abdullah Ayub - arrested in Yemen accused of being members of an al-Qaeda cell and gun-running - were being watched because their father is Abdul Rahim Ayub, the former head of Jemaah Islamiah in Australia.