Journal article

The role of virtual planners in the 2015 Anzac Day terror plot

19 Jun 2017
Description

This case study shows how the 2015 Anzac Day terror plot resulted from virtual planning, which is an operational method the Islamic State has used widely since 2014. The article traces how the Melbourne-based perpetrator received online instructions on four components of the intended attack: choosing targets, making tactical preparations, maintaining commitment, and ensuring publicity. The article demonstrates the importance of the concept of virtual planning for understanding Australia’s current terror threat and examines aspects of the plot, particularly the involvement of a UK-based juvenile, valuable for understanding the Islamic State’s ability to initiate violence in Australia and elsewhere.

Publication Details
Identifiers: 
ISSN: 
1833–1459
Volume: 
13
Issue: 
1
Pagination: 
41-58
License Type: 
All Rights Reserved
Peer Reviewed: 
Yes
Published year only: 
2017
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