Britain faces a direct threat of terrorist attack from the Iraqi militants currently advancing on Baghdad, David Cameron has warned.
The advance of Sunni fighters under the banner of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) has seen several key cities captured and battle lines drawn up less than 60 minutes’ drive from the capital.
And ahead of a meeting with his most senior security advisers to discuss the UK’s role in the ongoing crisis, the Prime Minister said people should be under no illusions that the deteriorating Middle East security situation “won’t affect us”.
While the US has deployed a number of warships to the Persian Gulf and sent some 275 soldiers to bolster security for its own assets in Iraq, both it and Britain are yet to come to a decision over the form and scope of any possible Western intervention.
The Prime Minister will today chair a meeting of the National Security Council, in discussions that follow on from Foreign Secretary William Hague’s two statements to the Commons on Iraq this week.
As well as warning about the danger of British citizens going over to Iraq and Syria, becoming radicalised and returning to carry out attacks, Mr Cameron said Isis fighters themselves “are also planning to attack us here at home in the UK”… see more
source: Independent UK