Operation Augury: Australia’s War on Terror goes ‘Dark’ in the Philippines

Hidden in plain sight under a listing of funding for overseas operations was a new entry: “Operation Augury — Philippines.” Above and below Augury were more than $3 billion worth of mostly foreign military operations — “Okra” in Iraq and the Middle East, “Highroad” in Afghanistan and “Manitou” around the Arabian Gulf — familiar names…

Time running out for Malaysian hitman (Sirul Azhar Umar) in Australia

As Najib Razak was fighting the election that would end his controversial prime ministership of Malaysia, a former official of his political party quietly entered Australia’s Villawood detention centre to visit an inmate at the centre of one of the biggest scandals of Najib’s reign. Two weeks ago, Datuk Khairul Anwar Rahmat, the former head…