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United Kingdom Raises Terrorism Threat Level

 August 29, 2014

Today the United Kingdom raised its terrorism threat level from "substantial" to "severe," indicating that an attack is highly likely. However, the U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May said there was no intelligence to suggest an attack was "imminent" but that the level had been raised in response to events in Iraq and Syria. It is reported that approximately 500 Britons have traveled to Syria and Iraq to fight with the Islamic State (IS), and this security measure allows officials to detain suspected militants at ports of entry and exit.

IFSA-Butler will continue to monitor the security environment in the U.K. At this time, all IFSA-Butler programs will continue run as planned for the fall semester. During program orientations and throughout the semester, students are instructed to be vigilant about their surroundings and also on how to remain safe while studying abroad. IFSA-Butler resident staff in the U.K. are available by phone 24/7 should a student need emergency assistance during the semester.

More information can be found here:

United Kingdom Terrorism Threat Levels
U.S. State Department


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