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US says no plan to raise terror alert level after British move

Published on Aug 30, 2014 1:06 AM

WASHINGTON - The White House said Friday it has no plans to raise terror alert levels in the United States, despite Britain's decision to raise its threat level to "severe".

"I don't anticipate at this point there is a plan to change that level," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, when asked whether Washington anticipated issuing a similar warning to Americans over a perceived threat from operatives of the Islamic State (IS) group, also known as ISIL.

The Obama administration dispensed with its previous colour-coded threat alert level system for terrorist threats introduced after the Sept 11 attacks in 2001, reasoning it rarely changed and was often unspecific.

Currently, terror threat alerts are issued by the Department of Homeland Security on a case-by-case basis, but there are no current alerts.

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