SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – The new alert level means an attack on the UK is “highly likely”, although British Home Secretary said there was no intelligence to suggest an attack was “imminent”. PM David Cameron said 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”, or Islamic state, in the region – represented a “greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before”.
New legislation would also be brought in to make it easier to take passports away from people travelling abroad to join the conflict, Mr Cameron said. During a news conference at Downing Street, Mr Cameron spoke of the “growing” threat of British people travelling to fight in Iraq and Syria and then returning home.
He said Britain must couple a “firm security response” with an “intelligent political response”, but warned the fight against the extremists would last “years and probably decades”. Mr Cameron did not give extensive details on what the changed threat level would mean, stressing people “should continue to go about our lives in the normal way”. But he said people “might see some changes in terms of policing and the number of armed police”. More steps to deal with the threat will be announced on Monday, Mr Cameron said, adding there were “gaps in our armoury” which needed to be strengthened.