File - Rebel fighters dig a trench near a front line in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on February 27, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/ FADI AL-HALABI)
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The head of the Home Affairs Committee also warned that Britain faced a "terrorist threat" as grave as at any point since the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States 13 years ago.Britain has been considered a prime target for militant Islamists since the Sept. 11 attacks.Britain's threat level is currently "substantial," the third-highest rating of five, meaning an attack is a strong possibility, but the committee said the divergent nature of the threat made it more complex than before. However, the lawmakers on the committee were highly critical of Parliament's mechanism for checking the work of Britain's intelligence agencies following the release of documents by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden suggesting they were involved in mass surveillance programs.
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