An Australian court today found five men guilty of conspiring to commit a terror attack in retaliation for Australian involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Australia, a close US ally, was among the first countries to commit troops to US-led campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The men, aged between 25 and 44, were arrested in Sydney in 2005. Prosecutors said they wanted to terrify and intimidate Australians, Reuter’s reports.
The court heard the men, who pleaded not guilty, had stockpiled chemicals, guns and ammunition and had plotted to carry out acts of violence.
The court was told one man had attended a militant training camp in Pakistan, while three had attended camps in Australia to prepare for an unspecified attack.
The men, who face maximum life sentences, will return to New South Wales Supreme Court on December 14 for sentencing.
Australia has never suffered a major peacetime attack on home soil, although 95 Australians have been killed in militant bombings in neighbouring Indonesia since 2001.