UK to remain on high terror alert for at least two years

Reports have suggested that the UK will remain on its heightened terror alert for at least two more years, as the government launches its national security capability review. Whitehall sources are reported as saying that the risk level, currently at severe, could rise to critical in the coming months as a result of potential threats from states such as Russia, North Korea and Iran, as well as the possible return of scores of ISIS fighters to the UK shores. Announcing the strategy, Prime Minister Theresa May said the ‘reckless act of aggression’ and last year's terror attacks in London and Manchester showed the need for tougher and multi-faceted action. Security Minister Ben Wallace told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the strategy was aiming to create a ‘more focussed, co-ordinated’ approach to threats that will enable the UK to ‘adapt incredibly quickly to our weaknesses’. The government has said that the review was completed before the Salisbury attack on Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, who were poisoned with a nerve agent at the start of March.


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