Passengers at Heathrow
(escort16) — British travellers have been warned they could be targeted by terrorists seeking revenge for UK air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants
The Foreign Office (FCO) has updated its travel advice for all destinations.
It urges Britons living or travelling overseas to be vigilant because of the threat from those motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria
The FCO said it was responding to the generalised threat rather than warnings of a specific attack
Parliament backed British participation in air strikes against IS extremists in Iraq in September, at the invitation of the Iraqi government
RAF aircraft are conducting flights almost daily, it is believed.
IS has seized large parts of both Iraq and Syria, up to the Turkish border
The new advice comes after the UK national terror threat level was raised from substantial to severe in August, meaning an attack was highly likely
The updated information, being added to all travel advice pages on the FCO website states There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria.
You should be vigilant at this time
The FCO has advised against all travel to Syria and warned Britons already there to leave
It has also advised against all travel to most of northern and western Iraq, and against all but essential travel to the rest of the country