Op-Ed - British Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that the threat of terrorism in the UK has been raised from substantial to severe. She also said that no specific threats have been received but in light of events in Iraq and Syria the population of the UK must be on their guard.
The shocking incident which left young soldier Lee Rigby dead on the streets of Woolwich was a stark reminder of the threat of home-grown terrorism. Now however we also face a possible threat from home grown jihadists trying to return to the UK to commit acts of terror.
Few appear to actually want to return to the UK to live as British citizens and most want to help create a new Muslim state and become residents there.
If such a state crumbles though surely these militant Islamists will need a place to escape to and that could be the mother country, the UK.
Britain has five official terror levels and the UK is now one step away from the most severe; these are:
low - an attack is unlikely
moderate - an attack is possible but not likely
substantial - an attack is a strong possibility
severe - an attack is highly likely - this is the state of play from Friday
critical - an attack is expected imminently
PM Cameron has said that at least 500 British citizens have travelled to conflict torn parts of Syria and Iraq but they are not alone. American, Canadian and Australian residents have been identified by their countries as fighting alongside jihadists in Iraq and Syria.
Western hypocrisy has even tainted this matter though as British and American citizens are fighting as members of the Israel Defence Force.
The advice from government is keep your eyes peeled. While a society built on fear and snooping is not a good idea it is vital if any potential terrorist attack in the UK is to be thwarted.
An attempt to identify the possible British subject who allegedly killed James Foley is continuing. BBC News reports that from Friday "National Policing Lead for Counter-Terrorism Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said security and protection measures were being increased".