3 arrested over alleged terror plot against Sydney embassies, defense facilities

Australian counter-terror police said they arrested three men in raids across Sydney today, foiling a plot inspired by militant group Islamic State for attacks targeting a range of public buildings and embassies.

The NSW JCTT conducted the raids in Sydney's west on Tuesday overseen by the AFP, a spokesperson said earlier.

The 20-year-old is expected to be charged with preparing for a terrorist act and preparing to enter a foreign country for the goal of engaging in hostile activities. The others face sentences as long as 10 years.

A 23-year-old Toongabbie man will also be charged with being a member of ISIS, while a 30-year-old from Chester Hill will be charged with fraudulently claiming commonwealth unemployment benefits.

The police did not name those charged, who are expected to appear in court later in the day or tomorrow.

According to authorities, alleged preparations for an attack were in their "early stages", and included "discussions around importing firearms and explosives to carry out those attacks".

"There is no immediate threat to the safety of the community as a result of this activity".

Late past year, Australia passed controversial laws allowing spy agencies and police to access encrypted communications from suspected criminals and terrorists.

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Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, sees Afghanistan as a possible new base for IS now that it has been driven from Iraq and Syria.

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