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ISIS fighters could launch a deadly attack on Britain at any time warns David Cameron


With at least 250 UK jihadists now back home from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq thought to be plotting bloodshed here, the PM put the country on high alert.

Islamic State fanatics pose the greatest terrorist threat Britain has ever faced, David Cameron warned last night as he vowed to step up security against attacks on our soil.

With at least 250 UK jihadists now back home from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq thought to be plotting bloodshed here, the PM put the country on high alert.

But Mr Cameron also admitted there were weak points in home security that determined IS thugs could exploit and pledged to plug those gaps.

He spoke after Theresa May raised the terror threat level from “substantial” to “severe” for the first time in three years.

The Home Secretary said: “That means a terrorist attack is highly likely.”

But she added: “There is no intelligence to suggest that an attack is imminent.”

Mr Cameron will unveil new anti-terror measures on Monday in the wake of the warning.

They include stripping Brits of their passports if they go to fight in Syria or Iraq. And more police will patrol streets and airports to thwart attacks.

He said IS was a bigger threat than al-Qaeda.

There are still hundreds of Brits thought to be fighting for the group who are rampaging through Syria and Iraq, including Abu Hussain.

The raised threat level came in the wake of US journalist James Foley’s murder by IS extremists last week – involving a British jihadist. The PM has insisted there would be no knee-jerk reaction to the killing.

But he said: “We have to listen carefully to the security and the intelligence officers who do so much every day to keep us safe.

"It is becoming clear that there are some gaps in our armoury and we need to strengthen them.

“We need to do more to stop people travelling, to stop those who do go from returning and to deal decisively with those who are already here.”

Labour backed the move. Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said: “We support doing more to disrupt the travel plans of those planning to go out to fight and to pursue those who return.

“That means those returning from fighting should face criminal investigations and prosecutions.”

Mr Cameron will urge fellow leaders at an EU summit today in Brussels to also try to stop fanatics leaving their countries to fight with IS.

He wants them to share air passenger details to track those travelling to war-torn regions.

The PM said James’s barbaric beheading showed the threat from IS cannot be ignored.

He added: “In ­Afghanistan the Taliban were prepared to play host to al-Qaeda. With IS we have a terrorist ­organisation not being hosted in a country but seeking to ­establish and violently expand its own terrorist state.

Source : Mirror

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