Australia confirms Australian, who plotted to blow up UAE-bound flight, detained in Iraq

It is claimed the Australian Daesh commander told his brothers to blow up a UAE-bound Etihad flight (AFP)
Updated 18 April 2018
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Australia confirms Australian, who plotted to blow up UAE-bound flight, detained in Iraq

CANBERRA, Australia: Australia’s government has confirmed that an Australian has been detained in Iraq after a media report that a Daesh commander suspected of masterminding a plot to blow up an airline flight from Sydney last year and an Australian relative were captured.
Australian Broadcasting Corp. cited anonymous Australian officials in reporting on Wednesday that Lebanese commander Tarek Khayat and his relative Ahmed Merhi have been detained in Iraq since earlier this year.
Australian police allege Merhi communicated with a homegrown Daesh cell behind several Sydney plots, including the 2015 fatal shooting of a police accountant outside the state police headquarters.
Australian police also allege Khayat directed his Sydney-based brothers, Khaled and Mahmoud Khayat, to blow up an Etihad Airways flight from Sydney to the UAE on July 15 last year.


Oman to open embassy in Palestinian territories’ West Bank: foreign ministry

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Oman to open embassy in Palestinian territories’ West Bank: foreign ministry

  • A delegation from Oman’s foreign ministry will be going to Ramallah for the purpose

DUBAI: Oman said on Wednesday it is planning to open a new diplomatic mission in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and that a delegation from its foreign ministry will be going to Ramallah for that purpose.
“In line with the Sultanate’s support for the brotherly Palestinian people, it has decided to open a new diplomatic mission for Palestine at the level of embassy,” the foreign ministry said in Twitter post.