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UK terror threat level raised to ‘severe’ on Iraq, Syria fears

In the light of increasing threats posed by British extremists, UK raises terror threat level to 'severe'.

By: Press Trust of India | London | Published: August 29, 2014 9:50 pm
cameron British Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a report to the media in Downing Street, London, Friday Aug. 29, 2014. (Source: AP)

Britain on Friday raised the country’s terror threat level from “substantial” to “severe” in response to the dangers emanating from conflicts in Iraq and Syria, meaning that a terrorist attack is considered “highly-likely”.

The decision to raise the level to the second-highest scale since 2011 was taken in light of the increasing threats posed by British extremists, as Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed at least 500 people had travelled from the UK “to fight in Syria and potentially Iraq”.

He said Islamic State (IS) extremists – who are attempting to establish a “caliphate” in the region – represented a “greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before”.

During a press conference at Downing Street, Cameron also announced new legislation to make it easier to take passports away from people travelling abroad to join the conflict.

Efforts are currently under way to identify a suspected British jihadist who appeared in IS video of the killing of US journalist James Foley.

The decision to raise the threat level, which is now only one stage below “critical” – which means an attack is imminent – was taken by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC).

UK home secretary Theresa May said: “JTAC’s judgements about that threat level are made on the basis of the very latest intelligence and are independent of Ministers.

“The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West.”

She said some of those plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have travelled there from the UK and Europe.

“We face a real and serious threat in the UK from international terrorism. I would urge the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police,” May said.

Scotland Yard’s Assistant Commissioner National Policing Lead for Counter-Terrorism Mark Rowley, added: “The threat level from international terrorism has changed from substantial to severe in response to the developments in Syria and Iraq.

“This means it is highly likely that a terrorist attack could happen in the UK. We therefore continue to urge the public to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to police.

“We need communities and families to bring to our attention anyone they perceive may be vulnerable, a danger or escalating towards terrorism.”

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  1. David Hill
    Aug 29, 2014 at 8:55 pm
    It does not matter now but in the future. Unfortunately those who are the leaders of the Islamic State (IS) are the ones who see that they will benefit out of the so-called religious calling. Indeed religion is cited all the time for conflict but where with all warring engagements in the history of the world to control land, it is economic. Indeed you can see through an in-depth study of history that those who have gone to war as leaders under the banner of religion have become extremely wealthy and where the people that they then control, are thereafter downtrodden and subjected to terrible atrocities. In this respect you look at any historical leader up to the 18th century (even Britain) and you see the wealthy and the powerful (many religious zealots) act all powerful and dominate their people by sheer fear. The same is happening today with the Islamic State. But what causes extremists like the Islamic State always to emerge and where this is something that is never asked, even by our political leaders? For this if these astute politicians delved into the source, they would find every time that dire poverty, deprivation and not having a meaningful life were the root causes. Unfortunately though with the current development mechanism in place of capitalist globalization where the very few get richer continually than their wildest dreams, the vast majority (more than 80% of the world's potion) get poorer as the system sucks blood out of the new wealth created every year. This creates an extreme level of suffering around the world and something that the majority of economists are hard to pin their hat to for fear of upsetting the global elites who control the thrones of all our western political leaders. Therefore because so much poverty is created every year across the globe at the hands of the elite few growing ever richer, it appears that we shall always have a continual and significantly increasing number of terrorists organizations around the world who think that they are putting things right. Considering these facts there will be no end to the Islamic State and their future equivalents until we learn that the world's wealth has to redistributed to give most people a meaningful and livable life. This so they have the basics of food and the economic means to basically live. Something presently that they certainly have not.To read more to why we have the constantly rising tide of threats and genocide, especially towards the 'West', visit the following links as they identify the great problem why we have the problem of the never stemming growth of extremism - :worldinnovationfoundati...:worldinnovationfoundati...