29 Aug 2014 06:29 PM EST
After Britain raised its international terrorism threat level Friday, the Department of Homeland Security said that the United States is not aware of any specific threat to the U.S. homeland from Islamic State militants. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement that Islamic State militants and their supporters "have demonstrated the intent and capability to target American citizens overseas." But he also noted DHS has taken steps over the summer to strengthen security at overseas airports with direct flights to the United States. Johnson said he has spoken to UK Home Secretary Theresa May about Britain's decision to raise its terrorism alert to the second-highest level. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing, quote: "This is a threat that the United States has been focused on. We've been coordinating closely with our allies, both the Brits, but others in Europe, about countering this threat and mitigating it."
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