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Britain raises terrorism level to 'severe' in response to possible attacks

Saturday, August 30th 2014 - 11:03 UTC
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“That means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent,” May said in a statement. “That means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent,” May said in a statement.

Britain raised its terrorism threat level on Friday to “severe”, the second highest level, in response to possible attacks being planned in Syria and Iraq, Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May said.

“That means that a terrorist attack is highly likely, but there is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent,” May said in a statement.

“The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West. Some of those plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have travelled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts”.

The murder of US journalist James Foley almost two weeks ago by a man suspected of being a British national has prompted demands for extra security measures to tackle Britons travelling to the Middle East to join militant groups.

It also raised fears that some of those who had gone to Syria or Iraq to fight would return to Britain and carry out attacks.

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  • ilsen

    Good to see her being pro-active, not reactive, over this.

    Aug 30th, 2014 - 11:14 am 0
  • ChrisR

    “The murder of US journalist James Foley almost two weeks ago by a man suspected of being a British national has prompted demands for extra security measures to tackle Britons travelling to the Middle East to join militant groups.”

    The answer to which is obvious: execute them upon their return, they are traitors and the death penalty still stands for such crimes. As these idiots want to see Allah, then we should arrange it.

    Aug 30th, 2014 - 11:29 am 0
  • ilsen

    I agree that the passports of those joining the jihad should be revoked. Any one travelling to the region for the purpose of supporting this 'caliphate' should not be allowed to return to the UK. They have made their choice. Leave them to rot in the desert and be picked off by drone strikes.

    Aug 30th, 2014 - 11:47 am 0
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