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UK travellers warned of terror threat

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