Journal article

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

Journal
Terrorism National security Internet Australia United Kingdom Middle East
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
Volume:
13
ISSN:

1833–1459

Issue:
1
Pagination:
41-58