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Failed terrorist says his brother's death in the Bourke St attack was the 'icing on the cake' in realising his plan to kill innocent people at Fed Square was wrong.New Year’s Eve terror plotter Ali Khalif Shire Ali took to the stand in the Supreme Court on Thursday, where he made a full confession to his crimes before renouncing his support for Islamic State.
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A Sydney man, accused of pledging allegiance to Islamic State, will remain behind bars until at least December 17, when his lawyer says he will apply for bail.
Youssef Uweinat, 21, faced court this afternoon, charged with associating with Islamic State, downloading information about knives and blunt instruments and attempting to recruit teenagers to his alleged extremist ideology.
He was arrested at the home he shares with his parents in Riverwood, in Sydney's south-west, on Wednesday, following what police say was a six-month investigation.
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In an unassuming family home in the heart of Werribee, a 16-year-old boy watched the atrocities of Islamic State with his brother up to three hours each night. Videos of beheadings and bloody executions in the Middle East consumed his teenage world and he later admitted to dreaming of his own dead body amid a terror attack in the centre of Melbourne.© Joe Armao A 19-year-old Ali Khalif Shire Ali being arrested in relation to committing acts in preparation for a terrorist attack in 2017. Ali Khalif Shire Ali, now 22, now faces life behind bars after his sordid obsession grew into a plan of mass murder.
"We are terrorists ," Greenacre man Isaak el Matari allegedly told other "persons of interest" in the six months before his arrest on Tuesday. At the same time, investigators arrested alleged IS member Radwan Dakkak and alleged Centrelink defrauder Ahmed Tebya as they raided homes in Canada
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Mr Uweinat came to the attention of police while they investigated another alleged terrorist plot last year, believed to be that of alleged IS supporters Isaak El Matari (pictured) and Radwan Dakkak.
The pair allegedly planned to conduct "guerilla-style attacks" on the public, from a stronghold in the Blue Mountains.
From inside a prisoner transport van, Mr Uweinat kicked out at a cameraman when he arrived at Parramatta Local Court for his first appearance.
He faced charges of acts done in preparation for a terrorist act, membership of a terrorist organisation and advocating terrorism but he did not appear in court as these charges were read.
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Phillip Galea, 35, has been found guilty of plotting terror attacks targeting buildings in Melbourne and creating a handbook for wannabe attackers. Phillip Galea was found guilty of planning attacks on "left-wing" targets in Victoria including the Trades Hall and others between August 2015 and 2016.
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The offences carry a maximum penalty of life in prison upon conviction.
In a press conference on Wednesday, police said Mr Uweinat's alleged crimes took place exclusively online and involved creating and posting extremist material on social media and downloading a dossier about weapons and tactics to be used in a terrorist act.
He also allegedly attempted to recruit other young people to his extremist cause.
"I think it's fair to categorise [the allegations] as encouraging other individuals, young individuals ... as pledging allegiance to ISIS," Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Ian McCartney said on Wednesday.
Outside court on Thursday morning, his solicitor said it was too early in proceedings for him to comment.
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