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Britain raises terror threat level, will begin revoking passports of those who travel to Syria


British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Friday during a pointed press conference that U.K. authorities will soon begin revoking the passports of citizens traveling to Syria.

The move is part of a series of new security measures being taken by the country after raising the terror threat level to "severe" as Cameron admitted the fight to end Islamist extremism may take decades, or even generations.

"We are in the middle of a generational struggle against a poisonous & extremist ideology," Cameron declared.

British authorities raised the terror threat level Friday to one below "critical," the highest alert, because it is felt an attack is likely, according to Cameron.

"What we're facing in Iraq and Syria now with ISIL is a deeper and greater threat to our security than we have ever known before," Cameron said.

Steps being taken to combat the perceived threat include travel restrictions placed against British nationals and foreign national residents of the U.K. traveling to Syria and foreigners who have traveled to Syria trying to enter the Archipelago.

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Cameron said British authorities will revoke the passports of British nationals returning from Syria who are believed to have trained in terror camps in preparation for a domestic terror attack.

Foreign nationals who have traveled to Syria will be barred from entering the U.K., he added.

Additional security will likely be seen on the streets of major cities, Cameron admitted, but additional measures are also being taken behind the scenes by counterterrorism and intelligence officials to sniff out any possible attack.

The prime minister repeatedly cited the "poisonous Islamist ideology," not the Muslim religion, as the threat to Western civilization.

"Islam is a religion observed peacefully by over a billion people," said Cameron. "Islamist extremism is a poisonous ideology observed by a minority."

Cameron also revealed fears of the caliphate realizing its ambitions of overtaking Jordan and reaching the Mediterranean Sea.

[ISIL is] a terror threat seeking to establish and then violently expand its own terror state," he explained. "We could face a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a NATO state."

Cameron took pains to emphasize there are no plans to put British boots on the ground, but emphasized the nations role in providing intelligence to the U.S. while the superpower conducts airstrikes in the region.

Britain has "taken the lead" in humanitarian air drops and even helped to arm Kurdish forces in their fight against the terror state, said Cameron.

"We support the U.S. airstrikes aginst ISIL in Iraq."

Cameron did admit, though, that simply defeating the growing threat posed by the caliphate will not end terrorism.

"Even if you solve the problems, of ISIL, Iraq and Syria – you still have the problem of poisonous Islamist extremism."

The last time Britain raised the terror threat to its current level was September 2010.

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greatbirdusa August 29 2014 at 12:31 PM

Are you saying
"Britain has an ISIS plan"..?
British Prime Minister David Cameron
Has a plan!
Not only did he cut his vacation short but he will NOT be attending three different political fundraisers the next three days or attend a wedding and party all night!
It seems
British Prime Minister David Cameron
is Leading By Example --
Perhaps Barack Hussein Obama
could learn how to be a leader by watching what David Cameron does?

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lvn4eternity August 29 2014 at 12:31 PM

Appropriate action by Britain, but should include other countries too. So what will the U.S. do ? Hello ? Anyone home ?

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ridinggirl August 29 2014 at 12:28 PM

About time.....all western countries need to do the same....immediately. Permanent revocation of citizenship. No exceptions.

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SCUL8RSB August 29 2014 at 12:26 PM

Good for Britain, all countries need to be more hard core.

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lets.play.wheres.waldo.obama August 29 2014 at 12:36 PM

Quote from Barack Hussein Obama
"We have no plan to fight ISIS"
I have several democrat fundraisers and a wedding to attend.
in a week, maybe...

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dsmith2316 August 29 2014 at 12:27 PM

At least HE has a plan!

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lljsm August 29 2014 at 12:27 PM

Good for them! This is what the U.S. needs to do too!

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Stryyder56 August 29 2014 at 12:28 PM

At least someone is standing up for themselves..........................

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springflowers196 Stryyder56 August 29 2014 at 1:23 PM

I'd change that and say for his people but I agree with you.

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crowland503 Stryyder56 August 29 2014 at 4:18 PM

But don't get your hope up for this Muslin-Taliban Sympathizer to be the true President to stand-up for America! Hell, Putin has demonstrated his abilities to walk, talk, and chew bubblegum, while Obama wants to believe that ISIS is not a threat to this country. Don't expect Obama to answer the phone at 3 a.m. as ISIS parades pass the White House to Capital Hill.

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geonosian713 August 29 2014 at 12:28 PM

good now the rest of the world needs to follow !!

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yayabeanes August 29 2014 at 12:29 PM

Who knew the Brits had some balls...Too bad they haven't given some advice to our President so he stops dicking us around for his Muslim buddies.

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stukk yayabeanes August 29 2014 at 1:11 PM

Considering Obummer sent the bust of Churchill back to Brittan when he stepped into the WH I ask why the Brits should help that SOB at all? We can only pray they like the rest of us when it comes to this war.

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