published Friday, August 29th, 2014

Britian's terror threat raised; prime minister pledges tough action to fight militants

The Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the Relationships Alliance Summit 2014 at the Royal College of GPs in London.
The Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the Relationships Alliance Summit 2014 at the Royal College of GPs in London.
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LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron says he'll introduce new laws to combat terror suspects, pledging to seize passports to fight what he described as an extremist threat more dangerous than any previously seen.

Cameron's remarks came just after authorities on Friday raised the terror threat level to severe, the second highest level. The decision was related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent.

Cameron told reporters that while the Taliban facilitated al-Qaida terrorism, the Islamic State group is "effectively a state run by terrorists."

"We could be facing a terrorist state on the shores of the Mediterranean and bordering a NATO member," he said.

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