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The United Kingdom raises its terror threat level

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U.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron, says an attack from terror group ISIS could be "highly likely." (Source: UK Pool/Reuters/CNN) U.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron, says an attack from terror group ISIS could be "highly likely." (Source: UK Pool/Reuters/CNN)
The White House says it is continuing to monitor westerners fighting alongside ISIS militants overseas. (Source: ISIS/CNN) The White House says it is continuing to monitor westerners fighting alongside ISIS militants overseas. (Source: ISIS/CNN)

(CNN) – Ongoing fighting in the Middle East is prompting Britain to raise its terror threat level to its second highest. It's at the highest level in more than three years.

Prime Minster David Cameron says an attack from terror group ISIS could be “highly likely.”

"My first priority as Prime Minister is to make our people safe," Cameron said.

Cameron has warned that the danger ISIS poses is now the greatest his country has ever seen, calling ISIS a "poisonous ideology."

He ordered Britain's threat level be raised from “substantial” to “severe.” That means a terrorist attack is “highly likely” but not imminent.

"We've all been shocked and sickened by the murder of American journalist James Foley and by the voice of what increasingly seems to have been British terrorist recorded on that video,” Cameron said. “It was clear evidence, not that any more was needed, that this is not some conflict thousands of miles away from home that we can ignore."

Cameron estimates more than 500 Britons have gone to Syria and Iraq to fight with Islamic militants.

The elevation of the U.K. threat level comes as the U.S. considers military action against ISIS in Syria, airstrikes, Cameron says, Britain has no plans to join.

But will the U.S. raise their threat level.

"As it relates to United States terror alert system, I don't anticipate at this point that there's a plan to change that level," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

The White House says it continues to monitor westerners fighting alongside ISIS militants overseas.

They worry U.S. passports might allow them free travel into the U.S.

While the threat level in the U.S. remains unchanged, Transportation Security Administration officials say it is customary to see increased security at TSA checkpoints leading up to a holiday weekend.

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