It is being claimed that there is an increased risk of terrorism faced by the British public as a result of Islamic extremists leaving the country to fight abroad. David Cameron the British Prime Minister has said that ISIS offers a “greater threat” to Britain’s security “than we’ve seen before.” He continued to say that they are even more dangerous to the country than al Qaida were.
The warnings have been made on the day that the decision was made to raise the terror threat to severe from the rating of substantial that it had previously held. As part of the changes the law would be changed to make it easier to take away the passports of jihadists and keep them out of Britain
David Cameron told a press conference held in Downing Street “What we are facing in Iraq now with Isil (Islamic State) is a greater threat to our security than we have seen before.” He continued to tell journalists that it is believed that there are around 500 British fighters in Syria and Iraq according to security services information.
Mr Cameron explained that there were measures in place but that there were still “gaps in our armoury” and then were going to be filled. He continued by saying “We could be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a Nato member.”
The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) where the people responsible for raising the threat ranking and in an attempt to stop people becoming unnecessarily afraid, the Home Secretary Theresa May explained “The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West.” She continued “Some of those plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have travelled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts.”
In the same vein, Mr Cameron has said that he wants passenger records to be shared across Europe meaning that it will prevent jihadists entering Britain by first stopping off in another European country. He has said that he will make a statement in the House of Commons on Monday and he explained that “This will include further steps to stop people travelling, with new legislation that will make it easier to take people’s passports away.”
He ended by saying “While I wouldn’t want to comment on … specific threats, I’m….satisfied that Isil … would make specific threats to the UK as well.”