White House fears al Qaeda offshoot may be planning bomb plot on airliner flying to US

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Terrorism: America considers asking European allies for extra security measures at airports to counter terror threat

Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) driving on a street at unknown location in the Salaheddin province, north of Baghdad
Militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) driving on a street at unknown location in the Salaheddin province, north of Baghdad Photo: Getty

The United States fears that two of al-Qaeda’s most deadly international offshoots are plotting to bring down a commercial airliner with the help of European jihadists returning from Syria.

The White House is debating asking its allies to step up airport security in response to the new threat from the terror group’s Syrian and Yemeni branches, meaning British travellers could face intensified screenings.

The American plan, reported by ABC News, could call for an influx of armed US air marshals on British flights or an increase in searches of passengers headed to the US.

British passengers may…

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