UK Raises Threat Level Due To Islamic State

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Terror threat level raised to ‘severe’ amid concerns British jihadists from Syria and Iraq may target UK

British armed police patrol the Terminal 5 building at London's Heathrow Airport
Armed police patrol the Terminal 5 building at London’s Heathrow Airport Photo: SHAUN CURRY/AFP

The UK terror threat level has been raised to its second highest meaning an attack on the country is “highly likely”.

It is the first time the threat level has been at “severe” since 2011 when it was reduced to “substantial”.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said the decision was taken in light of the increasing dangers posed by British fanatics and other foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria.

However, the change also comes less than a week before a Nato summit in south Wales which will see the biggest ever gathering of heads of state in the UK.

Mrs May insisted there was no intelligence…

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