For the first time since January, 2010, Britain has raised its terror threat level — to SEVERE — an extraordinary move indicating an attack is “highly likely.”
Business Insider reports that Britain’s Home Secretary, Theresa May, just announced the rise in threat level.
It’s the fourth-highest of five potential threat levels. According to the U.K. government, it means an attack is “highly likely.” But there is no intelligence to suggest an attack is imminent.
May said the threat level was raised in general because of the deteriorating situation in Iraq and Syria…. May said, however, that there was no specific threat to Britain that caused the raise in the terror level.
“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 these plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have travelled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts,” May said.
British officials say that hundreds of U.K. citizens are believed to have joined ISIS forces in Syria and Iraq — citizens whose return to their homeland could present a grave threat.
At least 400 people from Britain have traveled to Middle Eastern regions to join ISIS, according to Prime Minister David Cameron. Western officials have warned about the possibility of ISIS fighters holding Western countries’ passports traveling back to those countries to plan and possibly launch attacks.
Meantime, as our close ally across the Atlantic prepares itself for a possible terror attack, President Obama is off on another “fundraising spree”, as the New York Daily News describes Obama’s Labor Day weekend activities.
Obama is scheduled to attend two Westchester fundraisers Friday before flying to Newport, R.I., to help raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Of course, this is typical Obama scheduling in the midst of international crises, and in the wake of a news conference for which he is severely criticized — that “we have no strategy” for dealing with ISIS news conference. Time describes Obama’s starting remark as “the worst of Washington gaffes.”
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