Australia, Britain on heightened terror alert

Australia, Britain on heightened terror alert


Canberra – Australia and Britain are on heightened terror alert even as Saudi Arabia’s king warned that the West will be the next target of the militants sweeping through Syria and Iraq unless there is “rapid” action.

“If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia said at a welcoming ceremony on Friday for new ambassadors, including a new envoy from the United States.

He added: “Terrorism knows no border and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East. I ask you to transmit this message to your leaders: ‘Fight terrorism with force, reason and (necessary) speed’.”

Fighters with the extremist group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), have prompted widespread concern as they advanced in both Syria and Iraq, killing hundreds of people, including in gruesome beheadings and mass executions.