Operation Pendennis: A case study of an Australian terrorist plot

Bart Schuurman, Shandon John Francis Harris-Hogan, Andrew William Zammit, Peter Lentini

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This article provides a case study of a major Australian terrorist investigation, code-named Operation Pendennis. Drawing primarily from publicly available court transcripts, this study seeks to expand upon the growing literature within terrorism studies which utilises primary source materials. Its aim is to provide a detailed overview of Operation Pendennis that might serve as a resource for other scholars. The work also aims to add to existing knowledge regarding how terrorists prepare their attacks and react when under surveillance. This is done by providing a descriptive account of two cells’ preparations for an act of terrorism, and their unsuccessful attempts to evade authorities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-99
Number of pages9
JournalPerspectives on Terrorism
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014


  • homegrown
  • jihadism
  • Australia

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