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Britain raises terror threat level

SLOUGH, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  British Prime Minster David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May (R) speak to Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers at a property where six immigrants were arrested on July 29, 2014 in Slough, England. The arrested individuals, who are suspected of residing in the UK illegally, were taken to an immigration detention facility pending their removal from the UK. The Government has announced it is to reduce the time EU migrants without realistic job prospects are able claim benefits from six to three months.  (Photo by Oli Scarff - WPA Pool /Getty Images) (Oli Scarff, 2014 Getty Images)
Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May Visit Slough (Oli Scarff, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/29 6:49 am

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May says the country has raised the terror threat level from substantial to severe, but says there is no specific threat.

The threat level means that a terrorist attack is considered "highly likely," but May insisted Friday there is no information to suggest an attack is imminent. She says higher threat level is related to developments in Iraq and Syria.

Severe is the second-highest threat level.

May says the decision by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center is made on the basis of intelligence and is independent of government.

Britain has repeatedly expressed concern about British nationals traveling to the Middle East and returning to wage attacks in the U.K.


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